Evaluating the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus from a legal angle

I sat down to post something about religious freedom, and will do so pretty soon. But I was reminded by some posts from other friends what this Easter weekend is about, and decided to start by posting about something a bit more important.

As the Western world celebrates Easter this weekend, any intelligent person should be asking: is all this a fantasy? Could someone rise from the dead? The testimony of Christians from the earliest of times was: yes! And if not, then the whole faith is folly and we should give it all up. See 1 Corinthians 15:14-20:

14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 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. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

How does that relate to “Law and Religion”? Because our legal system has at its heart the law of evidence which assists judges to work out “what happened back then?” I have written a paper which analyses the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus using the techniques used by courts to assess the validity of testimony in court cases today in Australia. I encourage you to download and have a read, or pass it on to others.

I am fully persuaded, by this evidence, that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead in the 1st century; and that fact was the turning point of history. If you haven’t made up your mind about this yet, or even if you decided long ago without really looking into it as an adult, I invite you to read and consider carefully.

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