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The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus [Paperback]

By William Lane Craig (Author)
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Is the Christian message of Jesus Christ and his resurrection true? Using ten lines of historical evidence, Dr. Craig defends the probability that Jesus was resurrected following his crucifixion. He examines the origins of the Christian movement, and more provocative subjects, such as the Shroud of Turin, parapsychological phenomena, and hallucinations.

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.81" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1579104649  
ISBN13  9781579104641  

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William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England; DTheol, University of Munich) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. He has authored or edited over thirty books and is the founder of, a web-based apologetics ministry.

William Lane Craig currently resides in the state of California. William Lane Craig was born in 1949 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, USA Catholic University of Louva.

William Lane Craig has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
  2. Counterpoints
  3. Library of Philosophy and Religion
  4. Point/Counterpoint (Oxford Paperback)

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1Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Archaeology
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Christology

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Great Arguments in an Accessible Book  Oct 3, 2007
In this short book, William Lane Craig provides a brief but effective overview for the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Craig rightly points out, the resurrection is the foundation of the entire Christian faith.

Craig essentially breaks the case into three distinct sections. First, he discusses the evidence for the empty tomb, second, the evidence for Christ's post-crucifiction appearances, and third, the evidence from the origin of the Christian faith. Additionally, one chapter is devoted to refuting alternative theories, including the "swoon" theory and wrong tomb theory. Craig's argumentation is very solid throughout. Although his writings are often very technical, most of the arguments in The Son Rises are easy enough to understand.

In addition to the meat of his argument, Craig also discusses a few peripheral issues. In the opening chapter, which I found very enjoyable, he discusses the dilemma of modern man and his struggle to find a meaning to existence. In the final chapter, Craig explains the consequences of Christ's resurrection, claiming that it can help us find that meaning. He discusses the importance of Christianity and appeals to the reader to accept Christ and transform their lives.

The Son Rises is a brief treatment of an important topic. However, Craig hardly sacrifices much in his attempt to keep the book accessible to the general layman. I do wish that alternative theories would have been discussed in greater detail, but in general, Craig's treatment here is a very valuable resource for almost anyone.
Short but good  Aug 10, 2006
An abbreviation of Craig's longer, more scholarly work on the resurrection, this baby of a book methodically examines the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. The first chapter is the importance of the doctrine of Resurrection, and the second chapter discusses scholarly dismissal of all the naturalistic theories of the past. The third, fourth, and fifth chapter is where the meat of the book is, where Craig gives multiple arguments for the historicity of the empty tomb, the resurrection appearances, and the rise of the church. After convincingly arguing that the data is real and not legendary, Craig argues that the resurrection is the only hypothesis that makes sense of the data. The sixth chapter is the practical signifigance of the resurrection for Christian life, and Craig discusses things he does not discuss much in other books.

This book also contains Craig arguing for Johnnine authorship and early dating of Mark/Luke/Acts, something he rarely does.

This book is very good, and I recommend it.
The Son Rises  Apr 5, 2006
Prima Facie, I was a bit disappointed with this book. Three things in particular: 1) It was much shorter than I had expected (only 156 pages), considering some of Craig's other works. 2) The book doesn't include a topical or scriptural index. Though it'll be hard, I'll eventually get over the absence of the topical index. The scriptural index, however, is another story. A book of this type wherein the main subject is the exposition of an historical event necessitates exegetical work of the documents used. As the New Testament being the book's primary focus, you can begin to see how a scriptural index would be most beneficial. Hence, the absence of a scriptural index a very unfortunate omission. 3) My third criticism isn't geared toward the book's information, but rather its appearance. The copy I received has a poor print job. On several pages it looks like the ink from the printing machine ran dry, giving the text a faded, erased-like appearance. I'm not sure if this is a mass-produced foible of the book in general, exclusive to my copy in particular, or typical of Wipf and Stock Publishers, but I was bummed. Ye are forewarned, but don't let that alone preclude your purchase of the book if interested.

On the other hand, this book is, nonetheless, a great and fair treatment of the resurrection argument. To Craig's credit in light of the above criticisms, however, the information in a project published eight years before his more comprehensive study weighing in at well over 400 pages (Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus) is bound to have its perils. The book's strengths include establishing the historical credibility of the postmortem appearances of Christ and demolishing rivaling hypotheses that attempt to explain away the resurrection events.

Apart from being a solid text with quick and hard-hitting points on the resurrection, I would suggest this book to anyone looking for good introductory work on applied historical argumentation and criticism as well. Overall, despite the aforementioned regrettable aspects, this would be an excellent addition to your apologetics library.

Table of Contents:

Preface--------------------------------------p. 7
1. Death and Resurrection--------------------p. 9
2. Some Blind Alleys--------------------------p. 23
3. The Empty Tomb---------------------------p. 45
4. The Appearances of Jesus------------------p. 91
5. The Origin of the Christian Faith------------p. 127
6. Finding Resurrection Life--------------------p. 135
Excellent analysis  Oct 4, 2005
This book is a methodical and logical treatment of the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For those who are not afraid of following the evidence to it's logical conclusion, this book will be thought-provoking. Reading this book will require concentration and thinking, so take some time to read it slowly and carefully.
Proving the Resurrection -- Craig Brings it All Together   Sep 7, 2004
William L. Craig is perhaps the best-known apologist for the resurrection of Jesus. He set out his argument in detail in a book that unfortunately now costs well over $100. He has contributed articles on the resurrection to books like In Defense of Miracles and Jesus Under Fire. One of his debates on the resurrection has been converted into a book, Jesus' Resurrection. What has been missing, and what this book provides, is a single volume treatment of Craig's argument for the historicity of Jesus. The book is written for the layperson and weighs in at about 150 pages with relatively few references. As a popularization of Craig's argument, it is success.

Craig begins with an introduction to the issues and a refutation of some popular counter theories, such as the apparent-death theory and the wrong-tomb theory. It seems odd placement given that he has not stated his case-in-chief, but Craig discusses them in terms of historical approaches to the resurrection. On one hand it adds some interesting historical context, but it still seems a little out of place.

The meat of the book is in the next two chapters, on the Empty Tomb and the Appearances of Jesus. Craig offers ten points supporting the historical fact of the empty tomb, beginning with "The historical reliability of the account of Jesus' burial supports the empty tomb" to "The fact that Jesus' tomb was not venerated as a shrine indicates that the tomb was empty." Most of the arguments are persuasively presented, though I wish all apologists would leave the Shroud aside. But in the end, Craig adequately explains the reasons that most scholars, from diverse backgrounds, accept the empty tomb as historical fact.

The section on the Appearances of Jesus begins by demonstrating their historicity and then examines their explanations. He first shows that Peter, the Twelve, the five hundred, James, the apostles, and Paul did indeed experience appearances by Jesus. Craig then moves through the potential explanations and concludes that the best explanation for these appearances is that they were indeed real events, interactions with a living and breathing restored Jesus.

Craig caps off his argument with a discussion about the resurrection's role as the best explanation for the Origin of the Christian Faith itself. He then concludes with a scholarly alter call, explaining the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus as the way to reconcile ourselves to God and gain forgiveness of our sins.

This book is typical of Craig. He moves through the material very methodically, laying out his arguments in an informed and convincing manner--step by step. He covers aspects of the argument in other publications in more depth or with more references, but The Son Rises is beneficial in that it brings the core of his argument, and the significance of his conclusion, together in one small book.

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