5 Useful Facts for Defending the Resurrection of Jesus

Defending the Resurrection of Jesus in Everyday Conversations

In this accessible apologetics video, I train Christians to defend the resurrection of Jesus in everyday conversations, focusing on the “minimal facts” approach I learned from Dr. Gary Habermas. My goal here is to help you remember some good talking points, so you’ll have them ready when you need them–even if that means tonight!

At this apologetics conference, I was joined by Dr. Craig Hazen, Dr. J.P. Moreland, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, and Sean McDowell. We delivered five plenary presentations over the course of a couple of days. It was a blast!

This full-length video was recorded at the second Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World event hosted at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin, California.

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5 Responses to “5 Useful Facts for Defending the Resurrection of Jesus”

  1. lakeville April 23, 2014 10:30 AM

    There’s certainly a lot to know about this topic. I like all the points
    you’ve made.

  2. Blair April 27, 2014 1:50 AM

    Hi there Mike!
    Quick question. What sources are there that talk about the torture and deaths of the disciples? Was it just oral tradition that was eventually written down a few centuries later or were there any contemporary sources?

    • Apologetics Guy April 27, 2014 12:07 PM

      Good question. My friend Sean McDowell wrote about this recently. “While we can have more confidence in the martyrdoms of apostles such as Peter, Paul and James the brother of John (and probably Thomas and Andrew), there is much less evidence for many of the others (such as Matthias and James, son of Alphaeus).” Check out his post on the Biola Website: Did the Apostles Really Die as Martyrs for their Faith?

      • Blair April 27, 2014 3:54 PM

        Thanks. An interesting and honest read. It seems the most compelling account of their persecution would be from Acts when it describes the wrath of the high priest and the sadducees. That being said,I don’t get the impression that the martyrdom of the apostles is considered factual. Is that more or less correct?

        • Apologetics Guy April 28, 2014 5:45 AM

          According to Gary Habermas, the majority of critical scholars agree the disciples were not liars who were trying to deceive people when they reported personal encounters with the risen Jesus. The evidence shows they were willing to put themselves in danger for their testimony. As Sean said, the data we currently have is stronger for specific disciples than others, but this does not suggest that disciples were not in fact martyred for their claims.