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The resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Is it a fact or a religious myth?

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About Jesus' resurrection

Most Christians believe that Jesus was executed in Jerusalem by the Roman occupying army circa 30 CE, and that a miracle happened about a day and a half later: he was bodily resurrected. This is one of their cardinal beliefs.

They believe that he returned to life in his original body. On that day -- or 40 days later (Gospel sources differ) -- he left earth and ascended through the clouds to Heaven.

Most Muslims, progressive Christians, secularists, etc. disagree.

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Beliefs about Jesus' death and resurrection:

bulletOverview: Quotes and summary

bulletThe event's dates and times

bulletDescriptions in the Bible

bulletObservations and confirmations in the Bible

bullet"Gabriel's Revelation" tablet: Ancient Jewish belief of a suffering & resurrected messiah

bulletFour evaluations of the tablet's significance

bulletFive more evaluations of the tablet's significance

      
bulletBeliefs by various groups about the resurrection:
 
bullet By American and British Christian clergy and laity

bulletThe early Christian movement 1st and 2nd Centuries CE; church creeds.

bulletChristians who believe the resurrection story

bulletA conservative Christian viewpoint by Jose Davis

bulletChristians who have alternative interpretations of Jesus' resurrection

bulletA progressive Christian viewpoint by R.C. Symes

bullet Solving some of the enigmas about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An essay by Alfonso Baeza

bulletBeliefs of other Christian groups, and one other religion

bulletSome non-miraculous explanations of the resurrection:
bulletThe swoon, imposition, & vision theories

bulletTheories based on modernist beliefs, reserpine, myth, Jewish belief, & midrash
 
bulletWould the finding of Jesus' bones contradict belief in his resurrection?

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. J.S. Spong, "Resurrection, Myth or Reality? A Bishops Search for the Origins of Christianity", Harper San Francisco, CA, (1994) Page 50. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store.
  2. "Toward a Common Date for Easter," World Council of Churches / Middle East Council of Churches Consultation, 1997 at: http://www.elca.org/ea/
  3. Gary Habermas, "Resurrection Research From 1975 to the Present: What are Critical Scholars Saying?." Journal for the Study of the New Historical Jesus, 2005-JUN; 3: Pages 135  to 153.

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Most, but not all, refer to Jesus' resurrection.

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