Did Jesus really rise from the dead?    

There is no way to absolutely prove, or disprove, this question. Even so, it is possible to examine the historical events surrounding Jesus' death and make conclusions based on the evidence: what is likely, what is impossible.

Christianity rises or falls on this question. The apostle Paul writes, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead...If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins...If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men."
1 Cor 15: 14, 15, 17, 19 (NIV)

The investigation of this question changed my life 180 degrees, and I've never looked back. As a scientist and skeptic, I took over a year on a personal quest to investigate the claims of Jesus' resurrection with the goal of destroying them. I studied the Biblical accounts of Jesus and numerous commentaries by believers and skeptics alike, listed the facts agreed upon, and began to explore scenarios that could explain what was known. To my surprise and considerable dismay the evidence kept pointing away from naturalistic explanations and eventually formed a virtually certain case for the resurrection of Jesus. It blew me away. Finally, I admitted defeat and became a Christian.

My experience is not unique. A very small sampling of many people who describe similar routes to faith include C.S. Lewis, Josh McDowell, Gary Habermas, and Lee Stroebel.

My novel, A Lever Long Enough, is my humble attempt to present some of this evidence in context and in a neutral manner, in a form that might provoke questions and curiosity.


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