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Overview At some point in their Christian walk, many believers ask some difficult questions: Is Christianity really true? Are there any good reasons to know which religion is true? Could it be that God does not really exist? These are important questions, and we have an intense interest in their answers. After all, if atheism is true, then why should we subject ourselves to the teachings of Jesus? Why should we insist on views that alienate others, especially the claim that Jesus is the only way to heaven? If the Christian view of reality is wrong, we may be missing out on something. At least, we are needlessly straining relationships with others. The authors of this volume did ask these questions as young men. We determined to find some answers. We cannot tell you that we looked at the evidence without presuppositions or biases. This volume and its accompanying interactive software are tools to encourage Christians in their faith and to help them share with others the evidence for Jesus' resurrection.
This is an accessible, comprehensive, and persuasive resource providing detailed evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It also demonstrates how to share the material clearly, honestly, and definitively. Included is an interactive CD which tests the reader's knowledge of the material by using an entertaining TV game show format. "There is nothing like this on the market. It is interesting, engaging, and crucial material." --Norman Geisler " The authors] have distinguished themselves as leading experts on the evidence for this all important event." --D. James Kennedy Written by the leading evangelical apologist on the resurrection and an up-and-comerIncludes an interactive CD to cement the information from the bookWritten for lay people but includes extensive footnotes that scholars will find valuableIncludes charts, diagrams, and a detailed outline for quick reference
From Publishers Weekly Habermas, who has written several apologetic works on the resurrection, and
Licona, a speaker and budding New Testament scholar who was once Habermas's
student, offer a comprehensive and far-reaching argument for the historical
veracity of Christ's resurrection. In fact, at times it is too far-reaching,
as when the authors digress into refutations of Mormonism, alien activity and
Elvis sightings; this book would be much improved if it had been trimmed by
about a third. Many evangelicals will appreciate the authors' broad
evidentiary claims and marshalling of historical, theological, archaeological,
biomedical and literary data to support their belief in the resurrection. Yet
despite its strong content, the book is poorly written, and is organized in a
workmanlike outline format that seems more appropriate for a seminary lecture
than a seamless book. A closing chapter offers practical tips for evangelical
Christians who wish to share their faith with others. (Apr. 15) Copyright
2004 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary R. Habermas & Michael R. Licona has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2005 Award of Merit - Apologetics/Evangelism category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary R. Habermas & Michael R. Licona has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 02/16/2004
Publishers Weekly - 02/09/2004 page 46
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Release Date Apr 1, 2004
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More About Gary R. Habermas & Michael R. Licona
Gary R. Habermas is one of the world's leading apologists for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection. He is distinguished research professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Habermas has written twenty-seven books. He is a popular speaker having given over 1500 lectures at over 100 universities and in dozens of churches in North America and across the world.
Gary R. Habermas currently resides in the state of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Case For The Resurrection Of Jesus?
Very informative! Mar 22, 2007
This is a great book. It's broken down well and easy to read. The endnotes contain even more information if you want to go deeper. After reading this book you can't help but proclaim, "Jesus Lives!"
Great Reading for the Laity Mar 18, 2007
Well researched book. Easy to read . I also recommend the author's book, "The case for the Reserrection of Jesus." Both books are definitely must-reads.
5 stars for proof of the Resurrection Mar 8, 2007
No way you can escape this. Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus is presented in a very detailed and resonable format. The evidence speaks for itself. It's like the phrase "he cast out demons with the Devil's Power". They didn't say he DIDN'T cast out demons, they just attributed Jesus' power to the dark side. They had the evidence right in front of them. Lazarus was alive and could be questioned. Who covered up for the Roman Guards? How was Saul changed into Paul, the completely transformed former killer of christians? What changed his mind? People do not die for a lie or the perception of a lie. The disciples that saw Jesus Resurrected had no mass hallucination, delusion or craziness. Jesus did die and came back to life. Powerful evidence stated in very no nonsense, verifiable words. You really have to ask yourself, "Is Jesus really alive?" Yep.
Putting fact with faith Aug 1, 2006
I enjoyed reading the reviews of some of the detractors of this book. They seem to think that Christian faith is an intellectual exercise. Were that so, Christianity would have long-ago expired on the scrap-heap of false religions. Nothing is more improbable in the secular mindset than a clearly dead person coming back to life. But that is exactly what this book does: it describes the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is an amazing read.
Christianity is only achieved as a true belief in a person by a miracle performed by God. People can claim intellectual belief in God and Jesus, but only God can send His Spirit into a person to give that person the certainty of His existence. Intellectual belief may be refuted; the testimony of the indwelling Holy Spirit cannot be refuted. The mark of the true Christian is that his faith is firm in the face of all adversity. As the Bible says, "if God is with us, who can be against us?"
As such, why is a book like this important? Because for many atheists and agnostics, the world's system of reasoning requires at a minimum a demonstration of the historicity of Christianity. So much garbage has been fabricated by "skeptics" over the last three centuries. And believers have long been silent to their arguments. In this book Dr. Habermas and his associate have devised an answer that is a definitive refutation of the skeptics of Christ's bodily resurrection.
This book outlines an apologetic system that can help a layman explain the reality of the resurrection. While conspiracy theorists and hard line atheists can always dismiss any argument out of hand (see some of the negative reviews below), the facts presented by the authors are essentially irrefutable. To refute their arguments is to put all historical scholarship in doubt.
I recommend this book to everyone. For the Christian who never gives a thought to the historical facts this book can add a new understanding (although I realize many of you don't desire such understanding, the ministry of our Lord's presence and assurance being so strong). For the open-minded agnostic or atheist (a small crowd by definition) this book can bring insight into the historical reliability of the Bible.
Only God gives saving faith to believers who do not harden their hearts against His call. This book is a valuable source for adding historical fact to a foundation of faith. While "facts" (as described in history and science) may change over time, faith founded on the Rock of Christ will never fail. As the historically correct Bible assures us: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever".
Good concept Mar 1, 2006
Although I thought this book was a little boring (mainly because I already knew a lot of the information it was providing), I thought that the main concept was good. They call it the minimalist approach. They take a number of key points concerning the resurrection that the majority of critics accept and show why these points alone can clearly show a resurrection occurred. It really keeps the discussion focused.
I can't be positive, but I am pretty sure that the reviewer who titled their review something like "the house of cards tumbles" either skimmed through the book, read a summary of it, or read it simply to argue against it (although I just doubt he read it, period). First of all, the facts that lay the foundation for this book are accepted by the majority of critical scholarship. That means that most critics of the resurrection hold these facts to be true. I'm not very sure if this guy is a scholar, but I do know that he is in a very small minority. I could go through the historical arguments that he believes don't exist, but I will instead recommend he review the beliefs of most scholars who are critical of the resurrection and perhaps "The Historical Jesus" by Habermas and/or some other books on the subject. The vast majority of scholars accept these facts because they know they it is pretty silly to argue against them. I have to say that this ultra-skeptical position is fairly laughable. We might as well forget about the rest of history if these facts can't be agreed upon.