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The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

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". . . a phenomenal resource that is both user-friendly and up-to-date, [and will] equip believers to defend this crucial issue." --Josh McDowell. Includes an interactive CD in a game show format t
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2004 by Kregel Publications
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Chad Kettner
I thought Habermas and Licona did an excellent job in outlining the most convincing arguments for the resurrection - as well as responding to the most common rebuttles. I've actually been waiting for a book like this, but didn't want to sort through the pile to find one that did a good job. So thanks to my friend, Ryan M., for recommending it.

For now, since I don't have time to provide a full response (though I'll be working on one), I'll just say that...

Habermas and Licona do a good job present
This was an excellent book! While there are books on the topic that go further and deeper on this subject, this book really made the "on the surface" case without expounding 500+ pages to do so. In a couple hundred pages, it articulately elaborated on the fundamental facts of the historicity of Christs' resurrection. In addition, it laid out convincing refutations of the traditional atheistic objections (examples - hallucinations, New Testament was mythologized, New Testament texts were purposef ...more
Ryan Manns
An excellent, easy to read book. Presents a very clear and convincing case for the resurrection of Christ. The book is broken down into four parts and an appendix. I found the first three parts to be excellent and the appendix has so much good information cited from the case for the resurrection that it alone would be worth buying the book for. Part four would really only be beneficial to read if one had no experience in talking and debating God, theism, and atheism. Anyway the book was definite ...more
J. Wallace
Good book that discusses the minimal facts and evidences related to the resurrection. I also discuss this topic in my book, “Cold Case Christianity” (Chapter 2: Learn How to “Infer”)

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This is a must read book for Christians. I've read some other apologetics books that touch on the subject of the Resurrection but this book is focused entirely on it. I greatly appreciate its 'minimalist facts approach' which presents some powerful evidence for the resurrection that almost all scholars agree upon (including skeptical scholars). These facts can generally be universally agreed upon by scholars because they do not rely on the inspiration of the Biblical texts.

There are a few parts
Ironman Ninetytwo
This book is sophistry at its worst.

In the introduction, the authors state "... intellectual integrity requires that we set aside biases to the point that we can recognize them for what they are. Then we can ask tough questions and conduct responsible research". Reading the text quickly disproves this red herring. Not only does the book present every bit of evidence in a lopsided and biased manner, but it explains to the reader how to marshall the arguments in the book to maximize effectiveness
This is probably the best book introducing the case for the resurrection that there is. The book addresses a number of alternative explanations to Christianity's claim of a resurrected Jesus (though not exhaustive), and also presents a positive cumulative case for the resurrection (using what Habermas & Licona call "the minimal facts approach." This approach claims to use only evidences or historical judgment that are accepted by a "majority" of scholars. Speaking for myself, though this app ...more
Jeffrey Backlin
A thorough review of the problems and objections to the resurrection of Jesus and the comparison of the resurrection to competing views.
An easy and understandable read.
Well presented historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. The evidence for the resurrection is surprisingly strong.

Habermas uses what he calls the minimal facts approach. This means that he does not rely on the innerancy of the Bible to make his case. The Bible is treated as any other historical document. Consequently, the only facts he employs are those accepted as historical by a majority of scholars including those sceptical of the Bible's religious claims.

Peter Swenson
Pretty convincing evidence for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection, presented in an approachable way and with very thorough notes, outlines and bibliography at the end.
Nina Dunton
5 minimal facts agreed upon by critical scholars: Jesus died by crucifixtion; disciples really believed they saw Him after resurrection; Paul, enemy of the church, became apostle after meeting the risen Jesus; James, bro of Jesus, skeptic before, head of Jerusalem church after; the empty tomb. Undeniable evidence for the historicity of the resurrection.
Trae Johnson
I thought this book was a good summary of the case for the resurrection. The book was organized well (including a detailed outline in the back). I also thought that the book was well written, and included good examples and illustrations for the more technical points made. A must for anyone interested in this topic.
Tammy Dorrycott
This was an excellent read! I got it in Ebook form from Amazon for 1.99 even. I really enjoyed all the information backing up the resurrection. You could see how really important this belief is to all believers. Very many historical references with a lot of sources. It flowed so it was an easy read.
Ashish Jaituni
The best book on case for the resurrection of Jesus. It is simply the best. It is very well written, easy to understand and provides all the proofs and arguments for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I recommend it the skeptic, the non-believer and the layman.
If you read on book on the historicity of the resurrection, this one has got you covered.
Pretty good book for an outline of the case for historical evidence of the resurrection of Jesus.
Prayson Daniel
Written to help Christian present a clear case for the resurrection of Jesus.
Excellent book!
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Gary R. Habermas was born just outside Detroit, Michigan in 1950. Although he was raised in a Christian home and attended a German Baptist Church, he began having serious doubts about Christianity. For more than ten years, he faced uncertainty about key Christian claims and searched other religious and non-religious systems, especially naturalism. His studies centered chiefly on investigating vari ...more
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