Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment?

A Debate Between William Lane Craig Gerd Ludemann

Edited by Paul Copan and Ronald K. Tacelli

Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment?
  • Length: 206 pages
  • Published: October 24, 2000
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1569-2
  • Item Code: 1569
  • Case Quantity: 48
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Was the resurrection of Jesus a fact of history or a figment of imagination? Was it an event that entailed a raised and transformed body and an empty tomb? Or was it a subjective, visionary experience--a collective delusion? In the view of many, the truth of Christianity hangs on the answer to this question.

Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment? is a lively and provocative debate between Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig and New Testament scholar and atheist Gerd Lüdemann. This published version of a debate originally set at Boston College is edited by Paul Copan and Ronald K. Tacelli, who invite the responses of four additional scholars. Robert Gundry, a New Testament scholar, and Stephen Davis, a philosopher, argue in support of a historical and actual resurrection. Michael Goulder and Roy Hoover, both New Testament scholars, offer their support for Gerd Lüdemann's view that the "resurrection" was based on the guilt-induced visionary experience of the disciples. The book concludes with a final response from Lüdemann and Craig.


Introduction - Paul Copan Ronald K. Tacelli

Part 1: The Debate
Opening Statements - William Lane Craig Gerd Lüdemann
First Rebuttals - William Lane Craig Gerd Lüdemann
Second Rebuttals - William Lane Craig Gerd Lüdemann
Concluding Statements - William Lane Craig Gerd Lüdemann

Part 2: Responses
The Question of Miracles, Ascension Anti-Semitism - Stephen T. Davis
The Explanatory Power of Conversion-Visions - Michael Goulder
Trimming the Debate - Robert H. Gundry
A Contest Between Orthodoxy Veracity - Roy W. Hoover

Part 3: Closing Responses - Gerd Lüdemann William Lane Craig


Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His books include The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, Creation Out of Nothing, Did God Really Command Genocide? and Holy War in the Bible. He previously served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and taught at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.

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