The Resurrection of God Incarnate

Paperback | January 1, 2003

byRichard Swinburne

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Whether or not Jesus rose bodily from the dead remains perhaps the most critical and contentious issue in Christianity. Until now, argument has centred upon the veracity of explicit New Testament accounts of the events following Jesus's crucifixion, often ending in deadlock. In RichardSwinburne's new approach, though, ascertaining the probable truth of the Resurrection requires a much broader approach to the nature of God and to the life and teaching of Jesus.The Resurrection can only have occurred if God intervened in history to raise to life a man dead for thirty six hours. It is therefore crucial not only to weigh the evidence of natural theology for the existence of a God who has some reason so to intervene, but also to discover whether the life andteaching of Jesus show him to be uniquely the kind of person whom God would have raised. Swinburne argues that God has reason to interfere in history by becoming incarnate, and that it is highly improbable that we would find the evidence we do for the life and teaching of Jesus, as well as theevidence from witnesses to his empty tomb and later appearances, if Jesus was not God incarnate and did not rise from the dead.The Resurrection of God Incarnate offers a clear and penetrating new perspective on Christianity's central mystery. It will be of great interest to philosophers, theologians, and all those trying to discover the truth about the Christian religion.

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Whether or not Jesus rose bodily from the dead remains perhaps the most critical and contentious issue in Christianity. Until now, argument has centred upon the veracity of explicit New Testament accounts of the events following Jesus's crucifixion, often ending in deadlock. In RichardSwinburne's new approach, though, ascertaining the ...

Richard Swinburne is formerly Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199257469

ISBN - 13:9780199257461

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart I: General Background Evidence1. Principles for weighing evidence2. God's reasons for Incarnation3. The life required of an incarnate GodPart II: Prior Historical Evidence4. The Historical Sources5. The life and moral teaching of Jesus6. Jesus implied his divinity7. Jesus taught his atonement8. Jesus founded a churchPart III: Posterior Historical Evidence9. The appearance of the risen Jesus10. The empty tomb, and the observance of Sunday11. Rival theories of what happened12. The significance of the ResurrectionPart IV: Conclusion13. The Balance of ProbabilityAppendix: Formalizing the argumentIndex

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"In the book, Swinburne covers, with his usual sagacity and common sense, ground that has been covered by other apologists for the resurrection of Jesus...but Swinburne brings new insights and even topics to bear on the debate as well....overall a successful argument."--Philosophia Christi