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