Book Recommendation: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Habermas and Licona

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona presents a minimal-facts argument for the historicity of the resurrection. It is written at a level accessible to those not familiar with the subject but also provides enough information to be of use to others. I would recommend the book to anyone, but especially those who want an introduction to the subject. The authors tell the readers how history is performed and then argue for four minimal facts: (1) Jesus died by crucifixion; (2) Jesus’ disciples believe he rose from the dead and appeared to them; (3) the church persecutor Paul suddenly converted; and (4) the skeptical James, brother of Jesus, suddenly converted. A fifth fact, the empty tomb, is also argued for even though it is not as widely accepted by the scholarly community as the previous four. The resurrection hypothesis is put for as the best explanation of these facts. Alternative theories are considered and argued against. 5/5 stars.

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