Alternative Naturalistic Theories #1: Legend  
Alternative Naturalistic Theories to the Resurrection


This theory states that the existence of Jesus, or the stories of his resurrection, were created years afterward.



1. The life and death of Jesus, documented in both Biblical and extra-Biblical documents, is one of the best-attested series of historical facts of ancient history.


2. The new testament documents were written within one lifetime following the death of Jesus, when both proponents and opponents of the resurrection story were still alive and presumably could dispute the affirmed events. I briefly discuss this HERE. The incredibly abundant number of ancient copies of the new testament documents, as well as indications written within the documents, suggests that the writings were widespread. I discuss this briefly HERE.


3. An early formal creed is present in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 or 3-7 that Dr. Gary Habermas in a debate with the atheist (now agnostic) Dr. Antony Flew traces back to within 3 or 4 years after Jesus’ crucifixion. (Habermas, G. & Flew, A. The Resurrection Debate, New York NY: Harper Collins, 1987)




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