Today I spent a few hours reading N.T. Wright’s “The Resurrection of the Son of God.” Now, this is a guy who has spent the greater part of his life immersing himself in the world of 1st-century Palestinian Judaism in order to better understand the origins of Christianity. He used to read the Dead Sea Scrolls in the bathtub. Here’s what I read, in a very condensed form, in a three minute interview:
Basically, if you want to claim that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen, you need to provide an argument for the origins of the Christian movement that have greater explanatory power than the Resurrection. After two thousand years of critiques that rise and die and rise and die, and of a Christianity not just surviving, but growing, that’s a very tricky thing to do.
Read him. He’s great. Moreover, he’s renewed in my mind the importance of serious historical study.