As I said in my first post, I’m looking for some help.
To start with, I’m requesting input on sources and theories regarding the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus–both critical and defending sources. What do you recommend? I’m especially interested in good source/rebuttal pairs, if they exist.
I figure the questions of authorship of the gospels in particular, and the perhaps some other parts of the New Testament may be relevant. Yes? No? How so? Sources regarding viewpoints?
If Jesus was not raised from the dead, then what happened? What are alternate hypotheses of what really happened, and how Christianity came to exist? Sources–critical of and defending the hypotheses? Do you find any of the them compelling or plausible?
I’m not expecting to find proof “beyond a reasonable doubt”. I’m just hoping that the “preponderance of evidence” leans one way or the other.
Again, a hearty thank you to anyone who takes the time to assist.
Regarding One Particular Source and Its Rebuttals
I did acquire Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict (NETDAV), and I was planning to read through the relevant sections. However, sometime recently, I read what seemed to me to be a rather damning critique of McDowell’s methods and sources–I forget where, though. It might have been a part of The Jury Is In (which rebuts the old Vol. 1 of ETDAV).
I’m considering reading the relevant parts of both The New Evidence and Jury (where it covers the material), and also watching the corresponding videos in Steve Shives’ An Atheist Reads Evidence That Demands a Verdict.
Are all these worth my time? ‘Evidence’ That Demands a Refund suggests perhaps not.
1. The content of ETDAV (Vol. 1) is included in NETDAV, but it does not comprise the whole work.