(Book: I Don’t Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST, by Geisler and Turek, chapter 11.)
In apologetics, a little bit of truth can sometimes go a long way, but in Chapter 11, it doesn’t go quite as far as Drs. Geisler and Turek would like. They’re trying to convince us that the New Testament writers must have been telling the truth about the resurrection because we can reasonably conclude that they probably told the truth about things that were not miraculous. It’s an appeal to put our faith in the words of men, because ultimately, that’s all Geisler and Turek have to offer: the words of men.
This week we look at point #5 on their “top ten” list of reasons why we ought to believe everything the NT writers tell us.
5. The New Testament Writers Include Events Related to the Resurrection That They Would Not Have Invented.
In addition to the inclusion of embarrassing details regarding themselves and Jesus, the New Testament writers record events related to the Resurrection that they would not have inserted if they had invented the story.
Once again, Geisler and Turek ask us to just take their word for what a clever myth-maker would or would not have invented, and once again it’s really a strawman argument, since they present their case as though the only possible alternative to the Gospel being literally true is if the NT writers deliberately and maliciously invented it to deceive us. The actual evidence they present, however, suggests a much more plausible, third alternative.
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