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Overview The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured Frank Morison's attention, and, influenced by skeptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to prove that the story of Christ's Resurrection was only a myth. His probings, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way. Who Moved the Stone? is considered by many to be a classic apologetic on the subject of the Resurrection. Morison includes a vivid and poignant account of Christ's betrayal, trial, and death as a backdrop to his retelling of the climactic Resurrection itself. Among the chapter titles are: - The Book That Refused to Be Written - The Real Case Against the Prisoner - What Happened Before Midnight on Thursday - Between Sunset and Dawn - The Witness of the Great Stone - Some Realities of That Far-off Morning -- Who Moved the Stone? is a well-researched book that is as fascinating in its appeal to reason as it is accurate to the truthfulness of the Resurrection.
"I owe Morison a great debt of gratitude. Who Moved the Stone? was an important early link in a long chain of evidence that God used to bring me into his kingdom. Morison s stirring intellectual exploration of the historical record proved to be an excellent starting point for my spiritual investigation." --From the foreword by Lee Strobel English journalist Frank Morison had a tremendous drive to learn of Christ. The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured his attention, and, influenced by skeptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to prove that the story of Christ s Resurrection was only a myth. His probings, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way. Who Moved the Stone? is considered by many to be a classic apologetic on the subject of the Resurrection. Morison includes a vivid and poignant account of Christ s betrayal, trial, and death as a backdrop to his retelling of the climactic Resurrection itself. Among the chapter titles are: * The Book That Refused to Be Written * The Real Case Against the Prisoner * What Happened Before Midnight on Thursday * Between Sunset and Dawn * The Witness of the Great Stone * Some Realities of That Far-off Morning Who Moved the Stone? is a well-researched book that is as fascinating in its appeal to reason as it is accurate to the truthfulness of the Resurrection."
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Release Date Aug 15, 1987
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One is never too old to get out the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Lord! Although it is hard to pass the baton on to younger generations, having been an active participant during earlier years, I still desire to reach out to others through my photography, my poetry, short stories, the internet, as well as through short family biographies, and family history. At 86, age is only a number! Each chapter of my life have offered different opportunities for me. I will stop, only when the Lord says, "come Home".
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who moved the stone Jan 4, 2007
Book was easy to read and understand. Found it interesting and informative.
Debunks the common claims against Christ Oct 9, 2006
Every Christian has their own story about how they came to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. This is known as their testimony. Frank Morrison's testimony can be found in Who Moved the Stone? What makes this story compelling on many levels is that Morrison, an English journalist and one-time skeptic of Christianity, actually began this book as a means to disprove the very foundation of the Christian religion: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He researched numerous historical documents including the four gospels found in the Bible and it became apparent that over the course of his research one question continued to plague him, thus the title of his book. What began as a narrative aimed at refuting the resurrection soon became a testimonial of how one man transformed from skeptic to follower. Rather than argue the case for the resurrection with faith alone, Morrison uses logic and reason to discount the counter-theories that he once believed to hold the truth. For example, why would the Jewish high priests hide Christ's body when the resurrection itself poses such a substantial threat to their power? Why would the disciples do the same and not immediately proclaim that Christ had risen, knowing that not doing so would risk the movement running out of steam as had been the case with other philosophic and religious leaders at the time? Instead, they waited months before doing so, perhaps because they were asking the same question that Morrison was asking. And if the resurrection were false, how could such a large following have developed on its heels? If you're a Christian, you will enjoy the pure and simple reason that Morrison applies to the trial, conviction, execution and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you're searching for spiritual answers, Morrison may very well have provided them.
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AND EAT YOUR SPINACH, TOO! Jun 11, 2006
While I am not a "Christian" according to the fullness of the contemporary definition of that word, I unhesitatingly acknowledge that Yeshua (Jesus) is my King and personal Savior, and I am well past ANY doubt that the Bible was Divinely inspired - though certainly not inerrant as "Born Again" Christians somehow insist. I don't exactly recall when or why I came into possession of 'WHO MOVED THE STONE?' but finding it in my To-Be-Read Bookcase, and knowing it is considered one of the true classics in Christian apologetics written by a former skeptic, I read it with interest.
I appreciated the powerful reasoning ability that Frank Morison brought to the Scriptures and how he - much like I tend to do - dissected passages, examinig every word for nuance and hidden meaning. A couple of reviewers have complained that Morison uses only the Bible itself to prove the historicity of the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection of Christ. Though this is not wholly true (he occasionally references extrabiblical sources such as the Apocrypha and the Jewish historian, Josephus), I think that the thrust of his argument is that the New Testament "books" contain many internal proofs of their authenticity. I agree! Even so, one reviewer here wrote "Though this is an interesting study, this is not a book for newcomers." And I agree with him also (we'll come back to this point later).
My personal definition of a 3-Star book is: "Worthwhile though notably flawed." In what way is 'WHO MOVED THE STONE?' notably flawed? The book was originally published in 1930 and Morison's writing exhibits the more formal (read: "stiff") style of his times. It's nothing like trying to read Shakespeare, yet be prepared for words like "hitherto" and "hardihood", and phrases such as "wrought to the extremest pitch of anguish" and "ever memorable in human history." These are small prices to pay for the meaning that his careful analysis sometimes wrings from the Scriptures. Still, I feel that some of his conclusions are highly arguable - being based on tortured suppositions - and I even disagree with one or two basic assumptions (i.e., on page 37 Morison states that at The Last Supper, Judas knew that the spirit of Jesus was "already bending to the Cross." I am not the only person who believes that Judas recognized Jesus as the true Messiah but didn't recognize the Messiah's true mission. Judas meant to force Jesus into a position where He would have to assert Himself and violently defend his Kingship. Judas was caught by surprise when Jesus went to the Cross rather than fighting for the Crown, thus the "traitor's" remorse that drove him to suicide in Matthew 27.) But one doesn't need to agree with every point in a book for it to be well worth the reading.
I particularly enjoyed Morison noting that it would actually have been strange "if the band of mourners had not been predominantly women." It makes perfect sense these being "the mothers of His men and the woman whose life His influence had utterly transfigured" and that they were in possession of "the mighty and unchanging instincts of the human heart, especially the feminine heart." And chapter 12 which takes a good hard look at the motivating factors that drove Saul/Paul, "the man from Tarsus" from being "the outstanding figure on one side of the controversy" to becoming "the outstanding figure on the other" was very well conceived and executed. Morison even observes that Paul believed that Jesus would return in glory to the earth during Paul's own lifetime. This gets overlooked by so many Bible students. There's reason to suspect that John also misperceived the timing of the "Second Coming." Saint Peter it seems was the only apostle who clearly understood that the return of Jesus was two thousand years in the future (see 2nd Peter:3).
Overall, 'WHO MOVED THE STONE' is a valuable lesson in deductive reasoning, and reading it would help train anyone's mind in the way that he or she should undertake a serious study of Scripture. (I'm always surprised when supposedly earnest Bible students give me that blank stare when I mention that there are verses in the Bible that indicate Jesus had the ability to materialize and dematerialize at will PRIOR to the Crucifixion and Resurrection! Aren't they THINKING about what they're reading?)
If that "Still, Small Voice" inside is telling you to acquire this book and read it now, I am the last person who would attempt to dissuade you from doing so. But I will also point out that if you are new to Scripture study and simply looking for something to get you started and to give you confidence in the reliability of the Bible, there are probably better points of entry. If you want something brief but potent, I would first recommend the booklet, 'MORE THAN A CARPENTER' by Josh McDowell. If you want something more extensive, then go with 'LEARN THE BIBLE IN 24 HOURS' by Chuck Missler. But either way, I would suggest that you EVENTUALLY make time to examine what Frank Morison has to say here, and make double certain that someday you also investigate the book, 'MERE CHRISTIANITY' by the brilliant C.S. Lewis.
As Pope Yoey O'Dogherty VII wrote in his second papal bull, "Dovete leggere tutto il libro del Morison franco e mangiare tutti i vostri spinaci; sono buoni per voi." I've been told that this translates to, "You must read all of Frank Morison's book and eat all of your spinach; they're good for you."
The stone was rolled away by Angels? Mar 8, 2006
I find the title very interesting. I must confess that I have not yet read the book, but can give those who may still be asking the question some food for thought, or possible insight that affirms what the gospels speak of. The title sparked my interest as to what others may say, and as I write I am sure there will be many who disagree with me, which is expected.
In my past, I have counseled with quite a few who have had serious problems spiritually, emotionally, mentally, etc. which medicine and other forms could not help.
The Bible clearly states that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against Satan and his forces. One incident some fifteen years ago happened as a few friends and myself where counseling, and praying for an ex-Satanist who had spirits speaking out of her as they manifested. This, when concerning the source may or may not be 100% accurate, but is still food for thought.
As we were praying for God to cast a manifesting evil spirit out (some evil spirits actually cried out to Lucifer to help them) A gentleman who was also there with us was reading some scripture's out loud in the background concerning the resurrection of Christ. All of a sudden the manifesting evil spirit spoke up with anger and said "We know! we were there, we tried to stop them from rolling away the stone." Then we said angels, and it said with disgust "Yes!" (this was said without any prompting by anyone, but the creature itself!) We all looked at each other in disbelief, for this vile thing may well have witnessed the greatest event in history, for when we consider how Satan must have reacted when he realized what he had done and the scenario he had set up, It is likely that Satan and all his demons was there to battle against God and his angels in stopping the stone from rolling away and opening the tomb. If the stone could have been stopped, then Satan would have had a great victory, as Jesus would have not arose after stating earlier that he would. But he did, just as was foretold hundreds of years earlier! He lives! As I mentioned, food for thought :)
Who moved the stone!......Some Questions and logic answers! Feb 7, 2006
"WHO MOVED THE STONE?" or "who ROLLED away the stone?" (Mark 16:3) is a question which has worried theologians for the past two thousand years. Frank Morison, a prominent Bible scholar, tried to nail down this ghost(s). Through all his 192 pages of conjectures he failed to answer ,"WHO MOVED THE STONE?". On page 89 of his book, Morison writes, "We are left, therefore, with the problem of the vacant tomb unsolved" and proceeds to advance SIX hypotheses, very nearly knocking the proverbial nail on the head with his FIRST supposition, i.e. "THAT JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA SECRETLY REMOVED THE BODY TO A MORE SUITABLE RESTING PLACE". After confessing that this Joseph "might himself have removed it for private reasons to another place, is one which seems to carry considerable weight", he hurriedly disposes this hypothesis on the flimsiest ground. In order to understand the problem, let us start from the beginning of this problem. It was Sunday morning, according to the Bible, the first day of the week, when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus (John 20:1). The first question that bedevils the mind is:- Q1: WHY DID SHE GO TO THE TOMB? Ans: The Gospel writers say that she went to "anoint" Jesus. The Hebrew word for anoint is "masaha", which means - 'to rub', 'to massage', 'to anoint'. Q2: DO JEWS MASSAGE DEAD BODIES AFTER THREE DAYS? Ans: "No!" Q3: DO MUSLIMS MASSAGE DEAD BODIES AFTER THREE DAYS? Ans: "No!" Q4: DO CHRISTIANS MASSAGE DEAD BODIES AFTER THREE DAYS? Ans: "No!" It is common knowledge that within three hours after death, rigor mortis sets in - the breaking up of the body cells - the hardening of the body. In three days the corpse starts rotting from within. If we massage such a rotting body, it will fall to pieces. Q5: DOES IT MAKE SENSE THAT MARY MAGDALENE WANTS TO MASSAGE A ROTTING DEAD BODY AFTER THREE DAYS? Ans: It makes no sense, unless we confess that she was looking for ALIVE Jesus, not a dead one. It is easy to recognize this fact for yourself on analyzing her reactions towards Jesus when she eventually saw through his disguise. She had seen signs of life in that limp body when it was taken down from the cross. She was about the only woman beside Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who had given the final rites to the body of Jesus. This man NICODEMUS, somehow, has been deliberately blotted out by the synoptists. The Gospel writers of Matthew, Mark and Luke are totally ignorant of this devoted and self-sacrificing disciple of Jesus. His name is NOT even mentioned in the first three Gospels in ANY context. "it is difficult to avoid concluding that the omission in the synoptic tradition of the mysterious disciple was intentional", says Dr Hugh J Schonfield, one of the world's leading Biblical scholars. When M. Magdolene reached the tomb, she found that the stone had already been moved, and the winding sheets bundled on the ledge within the sepulcher. The question now arises: Q6: WHY WAS THE STONE REMOVED, AND WHY WERE THE WINDING SHEETS FOUND UNWOUND? Ans: Because it would be impossible for any tangible material body to come out with the stone blocking the opening, and the same physical body could not walk out with the winding sheets encasing the body. For a resurrected body, it would have been unnecessary to remove the stone or to unwind the winding sheets. Probably having the resurrected, immortalized body, or the spirit of man in mind, a poet said: "STONE WALLS DO NOT A PRISON MAKE, NOR IRON BARS A CAGE". While the poor, dejected Mary was investigating the sepulcher, Jesus was watching her from the vicinity. Not from heaven, but from terra firma, from mother earth. We must remember that this tomb was a privately owned property belonging to his "secret disciple" Joseph of Arimathea - who was a very rich, influential Jew, and one who could afford to have carved a big roomy chamber, out of a rock which according to Jim Bishop was 5 feet wide by 7 feet high by 15 feet deep with a ledge or ledges inside. Around this tomb was this "secret disciple's" own vegetable garden. Jesus was watching his lady disciple out of whom he had cast out seven devils. He comes up to her. He finds her crying. He questions her, "Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?" (John 20:15). Q7: DOESN'T HE KNOW? WHY DOES HE ASK SUCH A SEEMINGLY SILLY QUESTION? Ans: He knew why she was crying, and he knew who she was looking for and he was not asking any silly questions. Actually, he was pulling her leg, figuratively of course! He knew that she was looking for him in the tomb, and not finding him there, was crying in her disappointment. He also knew that she would not be able to see through his disguise. Though he had been through an ordeal, he still had that sense of humour to ask her, "Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? "SHE SUPPOSING HIM TO BE THE GARDENER, SAITH UNTO HIM" (John 20:15). 08: WHY DID SHE THINK THAT HE (JESUS) WAS A GARDENER? DO RESURRECTED BODIES LOOK LIKE GARDENERS?!!! Ans: Because Jesus was DISGUISED as a gardener. Q9: WHY WAS HE DISGUISED AS A GARDENER? Ans: Because he was AFRAID of the Jews_they were familiar with the sign that Matthaw had mentioned in his gospel (Matth. 12:38-42). Q10: WHY WAS HE AFRAID OF THE JEWS? Ans: Because he had not DIED and was not RESURRECTED. If he had DIED and if he was RESURRECTED he would not have any reason to be AFRAID. Why? Because the resurrected body can't DIE twice. Who says so? The Bible says so: ".... it is ordained unto all men ONCE to die, and after that the judgment." (Hebrew 9:27). The idea that the resurrected person cannot die TWICE is further supported by what Jesus Christ had most authoritatively pronounced regarding the resurrection. The learned men of the Jews came to Jesus with a poser, a riddle. They said that there was a woman who had seven husbands in turn. "in the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her." (Matthew 22:28). Jesus could have brushed off the Jews with some curt retort because here was another of their tricks to catch him out. Instead, he has enshrined for us the dearest statement in the Bible regarding the resurrected soul. He said, "Neither shall they die any more, for they are equal unto the angels, and the children of God, for such are the children of the resurrection" (Luke 20:36). "NEITHER SHALL THEY DIE ANYMORE" - that they will be immortalised. They will not be subjected to death a SECOND time. No more hunger and thirst. No more fatigue or physical dangers. Because the resurrected body will be 'angelised' - spiritualised - they will become like spirit creatures, they will become SPIRITS. Mary Magdalene was not looking for a spirit. She, taking the disguised Jesus to be a gardener, says, "Sir, if you have taken HIM hence, tell me where have you LAID him..." (John 20:15). Note, she is searching for HIM and not IT - a dead body. Further, she wants to know as to where they had LAID him, not as to where they had BURIED him? So that, "I might take HIM away." (John 20:15). Q11: WHAT DOES SHE WANT TO DO WITH A DECOMPOSING CORPSE? Ans: She wants to put it under her bed? Absurd! She wants to embalm him? Nonsense! She wants to bury him? If so, who dug the grave? No! No! 'she wants to take him away'. Q12: HOW CAN SHE ALONE CARRY A DEAD BODY? Ans: She was not thinking of a dead, rotting corpse. She was looking for the LIVE Jesus since knows already the sign that had been mentioned in Matthaw 12:36-42. She was not a "super-woman" of the American comics, who could with ease carry a corpse of at least a hundred and sixty pounds, wrapped with another 'hundred pounds weight of aloes and myrrh' (John 19:39) making a neat bundle of 260 pounds. This frail Jewess was not expected to carry this decaying parcel like a bundle of straws. Even if she could carry it, how was she to bury it ALONE?! She was looking for a Jesus who was very much ALIVE, a Jesus she could take him home for rest, relaxation and recuperation, "so that, I might take him away". The joke that Jesus was playing on this woman had gone too far. During the whole course of the dialogue between Mary and Jesus, she did not suspect in the least that she was actually talking to her Master. She had failed to see through the gardener's DISGUISE. Jesus must have been laughing under his breath. He could suppress it no longer. "MARY!" he uttered. Only one word, but it was enough. This one word "Mary!" did, all that the exchange of words failed to do. It enabled Mary to recognize Jesus. Everyone has his own unique and peculiar way of calling his or her near one or dear one. It was not the mere sound of the name, but the way he must have deliberately intoned it that made Mary to respond - "Master!, Master!" She lunged forward to grab her spiritual master, to pay her respects and to give reverence. When Mary makes the effort, Jesus shies back a step or two, saying, "TOUCH me not," (John 20:17). Q13: I SAY - WHY NOT? Is he a current of electricity or a dynamo, that if she touches him, she will get electrocuted? Ans: No! Don't touch me, because it will hurt. Though he had given no indication of any physical pain or injury he might have suffered, it would be excruciatingly painful if he now allowed her to touch him.... Can another reason be advanced for this "Touch me not"? Jesus continues, "For I am not yet ASCENDED unto my Father;" (John 20:17). Q14: IS SHE BLIND? Could she not see that the man she was talking to all the time was standing before her? Does it make any sense when he (Jesus) says that - 'HE IS NOT GONE UP', when he is DOWN right here. Ans: What Jesus is telling Mary in so many different words is that 'HE IS NOT RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD', for in the colloquial language and idiom of the Jew, the expression, "For I am not yet ASCENDED unto my Father" (John 20:15-17) means - "I AM NOT DEAD YET'... I do recommend this book for everybody as well All books/video lectures of the late Mr. Ahmed Dadeet from which these logical analyses were derived.