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"I owe Morison a great debt of gratitude. Who Moved the Stone? was an important early link in a long chain of evidence that God used to bring me into his kingdom. Morison’s stirring intellectual exploration of the historical record proved to be an excellent starting point for my spiritual investigation." --From the foreword by Lee Strobel English journalist Frank Morison h ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published August 15th 1987 by Zondervan Academic (first published 1930)
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Werner
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
While the Bible records many instances of miracles, in most cases Christian faith doesn't depend for its existence on belief in, or literal interpretation of any one of them, and they don't play a significant role in Christian consciousness; for instance, whether or not Jonah endured three days in the belly of a whale makes no difference in how I live my life. Christianity stands or falls, however, on the claim of one central miracle: that the crucified Jesus of Nazareth literally rose from the ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and Skeptics alike
Recommended to David by: My church
Shelves: christian
Discovering the evidence supporting the resurrection
8 October 2010

The original idea behind this book was to demonstrate that the stories of Jesus Christ in the Bible (and in fact the whole Bible) were unreliable and that Christ's resurrection never happened. However the agnostic author, Frank Morison, discovered that it was not possible to actually write that book because he discovered, after a lot of pain staking research, that his original premise simply wasn't true. So, into the draw went hi
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Marsha Stokes
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was really impressed with this book. The author is a former journalist who really knows how to do his homework. As the story goes, originally this man was a skeptic about the divinity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He started out his research attempting to disprove the theory. However, after trying to unbiasedly look at all the evidence, he eventually changed his beliefs.

Starting with the night Christ was arrested, this book mainly looks at those events surrounding the arrest and the eve
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Julie Davis
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In attempting to unravel the tangled skein of passions, prejudices, and political intrigues with which the last days of Jesus are interwoven, it has always seemed to me a sound principle to go straight to the heart of the mystery by studying closely the nature of the charge brought against Him.

I remember this aspect of the question coming home to me one morning with new and unexpected force. I tried to picture to myself what would happen if some two thousand years hence a great controversy shou
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David
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my favorite Christian books. Since discovering it five decades ago, I have read it through several times. It is non-fiction and is the personal story of newsman who sets out to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Instead of achiving his goal, he finds the overwhelming weight of evidence supporting the historicity of the resurrection. Eventually, he becomes a follower of Christ.

This is good reading and a great story. Christ's resurrection is the key to Christianity. If it di
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Joshua
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Ok. Morison does not believe in the historicity of all the gospels, nor in the preservation of scripture. His attempt to explain the resurrection therefore treats the texts as historical documents and not God's Word (as they claim to be). In fact, Morison ends up sounding a little like "The Moon Pool," by attempting to explain everything materialistically, barring of course the actual resurrection. Needless to say, such a take is not particularly convincing to Christians, although it might be a ...more
Marsali Taylor
This isn't a new book, so I'd love to read something on the same topic which takes account of the latest Biblical scholarship. However it's a beautifully lucid introduction to Biblical criticism. I'll try to reduce the argument - but you need to read the book for the subtle reasoning. Basically 1: Jesus was a historical figure who died as told in the Gospels. (I think there's nobody who seriously argues with that one). 2: something changed His disciples from 'scattered sheep' to men who preached ...more
Drikus Roux
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality

Page 129: "Personally, I am convinced that no body of men or women could persistently and successfully have preached in Jerusalem a doctrine involving the vacancy of that tomb, without the grave itself being physically vacant. The facts were too recent; the tomb too close to that seething center of oriental life. Not all the make-believe in the world. could have purchased the utter silence of antiquity or given to the records their impressive unanimity. Only the truth itself, in all its unavoida
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Stephen Gallup
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Usually, when one is trying to reconstruct a scene, after an interval of centuries, and, as in this case, with records which are admittedly brief, one has to rely upon the cumulative effect of small details to discover the key facts of the situation."

The author's observation above points to what may be the greatest challenge for modern readers of the Bible. It's entirely possible for us to absorb the basic thrust of a story without feeling particularly moved, because of a sense of skating on th
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David Mitchell
I appreciate that this book details the author’s exploration of the death and resurrection of Christ - a study that uses the four Gospels and some limited Gentile material. I recognise it as a profound bibliographical account. That, however, is where the book stops.

There is far too much supposition for the book to be of use. The Gospel does not demand us to know every detail in minutiae. Instead, the Gospel is balanced so as to give us sufficient detail that we believe.

Bothersome early in the b
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Gene
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book and some of the insights provided by it, especially with regard to the charges brought against Jesus in His trials. The evidence for the empty tomb IS overwhelming, and any explanations besides a literal resurrection are historically very difficult to sustain.

The way Morison treats the gospels as historical documents can be a bit disconcerting for an evangelical like me; he seems to have been strongly influenced by the historical/literary criticism of his day. Parts of the
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Lorraine Shelstad
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a classic book - Frank Morison was a British writer who died in the 1950s. He is Protestant but he started out to disprove the story of Jesus and then became a believer through his research. He has some interesting insights but I wouldn't agree with them all. He seems to focus more on "Who is the man that the women meet in the tomb?" rather than "Who moved the stone?". In fact, I'm really not sure what he concluded about who moved the stone. Perhaps it was to underline the question that ...more
Patience Jones
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although occasionally you realise that this book was written in the 30s - generally when the author takes care to debunk theories which are not commonly held today - it remains an excellent summary of the evidence for the physical resurrection of Christ. The author does not start with the position that the Bible is infallible, which may put some Christians off; however, I am not sure how you could write this kind of book if you did start with that position, or at the least it would be a very sho ...more
Sara K
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, deep reconstruction of the last week of Jesus life using the gospels and outside sources to attempt to answer questions dealing with gaps in the narratives and piece it all together like an investigation and presented to reader as though they are a jury needing to reach a verdict on the veracity of each of the sequences in question. Terrific for getting a fresh look at this part of the New Testament for someone who has read it enough to forget it's wonder.
Ron Westrup
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The information contained within this book is potentially exciting and revealing, however, sadly the author's style of writing does little to help the reader and has served to make the facts unclear and confused. I found the book hard work and was conscious throughout that it need not have been so if the style of writing had been less of a disquisition.
Nahte
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nahte by: Jon Courson
Sherlock Holmes and the curious case of who moved the stone. This is some thoughtful work and following the author's train of thoughts was pleasant. I've never really thought of the case of who moved the weighty stone, and I'm persuaded, although he doesn't explicitly state it, by the author that it was none other than Jesus Christ. I'll probably be going through this book again.
Niel Knoblauch
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jane
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
interesting. must have been revolutionary when it was first published.
Paul Creasy
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Highly readable and very compelling. A good book to add to any person interested in apologetics' library. Highly recommended without reservation.
kris
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was an excelent read for the most part. The author used logic to prove that something out of the ordanary happened between Christ's arrest and the discovery of the empty tomb. Using the gospels and other sources from the 1st century to destroy the theory's that ranged from Christ's body being stolen, to passing out on the cross only to revive later. Also dismantling the idea that there was no trial and exicution. This book points to the only possible explanination that Christ was reserctied a ...more
Michael Walker
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An attorney investigates the gospel accounts of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. This is a 1930 precursor to such modern-day authors as attorney and investigative journalist Lee Strobel.
MaryEllin
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I try to read this book every Easter. I love it. My Kindle version has more than a few typos, even after an update pushed out to supposedly correct them. Still, I love Morison's logic as he details his research into the circumstances surrounding Christ's arrest, death, the empty tomb, and the beginnings of Christianity. Wish the book had detailed footnoting and a bibliography, but unsure if that's a factor of my apparently poorly edited Kindle version. Highly recommend despite these flaws.
Adam Calvert
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: apologetics
This book started out really good. Being a journalist the author knew how to write well and capture the reader's attention. He made some fascinating historical observations throughout the book, but toward the end he really disappointed me.

I particularly enjoyed the first section of the book where he gives keen insight into how and why Pilate came into the scene of Christ's death and how his actions in regard to it seem to be uncharacteristic for him. But he explains this mystery very well with h
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Karol
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to work through Frank Morrison's book, although I found it immensely interesting. It looks at the details behind the burial and reported resurrection of Jesus Christ, weighing the evidential value of the gospel and other accounts. The author's approach was logical, and in many senses broad. It's my understanding that he approached the topic as objectively as possible, but from the viewpoint of someone who did not believe in Christ. However, after doing his research, he reached ...more
J.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
An in-depth, thoughtful, and imaginative analysis of the four Gospels and various apocrypha, piecing together what really happened (and why) on the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas, through the crucifixion, on the first Easter Sunday, and in the weeks that followed. Why was Judas's betrayal even important? After all, Jesus had been preaching and teaching in the city for several days, and everyone knew the entire group returned to Bethany each night. He was hardly a stranger to the high priests ...more
James Fields
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frank Morison was a journalist during the late 1800s. He was a naturalist who wanted to disprove the resurrection. So he some time looking into the historical record using his journalist training to discern what really happened. He writes about his take on the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion and ends a week after.

Morison dissects the psychological ramifications of the events, the way stories tend to be told and develop, and the historical facts of how the religions and governmental bodies
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Adele Pilkington
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book several years ago but keep it on my bookshelf and refer to it at times when challenged about the evidence for the resurrection of Christ. The author had set out to disprove this reality and gathered much evidence in his attempt to do so but was compellingly convinced that Jesus is all He claimed to be and that His resurrection is a fact. This fact changed the author's life. If you have doubts about Jesus I would encourage you to read it with an open mind and decide for yourself.
Sebastian Temlett
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I found a conflict between the rationalistic approach of the early 20th Century and my post-modern, relativistic mindset of the 21st Century. In some ways I wish I could turn off that influence but I don't think one can really escape the worldview of one's age.
He makes some assertions which I can only say are highly speculative, but he seems convinced. Either way, a really fascinating book and very well written.
Charlie
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I am glad that I have now done so. It was a bit wordy and a bit of a challenge to take on board all that was written but overall it was worth it. Not sure I'd go along with every conclusion he makes but he certainly raises some good points to back up the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. Would recommend it but would also encourage folk to look around for other books on the subject too.
Eric Wright
Morison's book is one of those rare books that is the opposite of what the author set out to write. He set out to disprove the resurrection of Christ and point by point, fact by fact was led irresistably to conclude it happened! Jesus rose bodily from the grave! Indispensable reading for skeptics and all those on the fringes of the Christian faith or those with shaky faith.
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Frank Morison was the literary pseudonym for Albert Henry Ross (1881-1950), a journalist and novelist who grew up in Stratford-on-Avon, England.