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I always find Peter Williams (of Tyndale House in Cambridge, UK) a stimulating lecturer. See, for example, his “New Evidence that the Gospels Were Based on Eyewitness Testimony.”

Here’s a new lecture: “Things Which Ought to Be Better Known about the Resurrection of Jesus”:

Here’s the basic outline:

  1. Non-Christian accounts
  2. Christian accounts of the resurrection appearances and empty tomb
  3. Objections to miracles
  4. The third leg of the stool

And here are some time markers:

0:00:55—1:00:00 Lecture by Dr. Peter Williams

1:00:00—1:23:13 Response by Pastor David Fleming

1:23:14—1:39:48 Q&A

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7 thoughts on “Things Which Ought to Be Better Known about the Resurrection of Jesus”

  1. EBG says:

    This is a wonderful post, Justin. However, a post regarding another prominent Brit, i.e Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, would have been the (royal) icing on the cake!

  2. Jim Lee says:

    The main reason why Jesus never existed is bacause young virgin lasses cannot get impregnated by overshadowing ghosts and give birth to the Christian God aka Jesus.

    1. John says:

      How do you know?

  3. EBG says:


    To the contrary, I would say that the ONLY way Jesus could exist ( as the Christian God) is by being concieved (impregnated) by the Holy Spirit (overshadowing Ghost) and given birth to by a very human virgin (lass). Thus fulfilling the Bible’s claim that, in His incarnation, Jesus was both fully man and fully God.

    Jesus did (and does) exist. Ancient to modern historians will only verify this point. So the logical question is not, “Did Jesus exist”, but rather “Is Jesus really whom he is reported to have said he was/is?”

    C.S.Lewis expressed his idea in Mere Christianity:

    “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

    The most important and ultimate question, Jim, is who do YOU say Jesus is….liar, lunatic, or Lord?



  4. Brian Roden says:

    “Has anyone you know ever changed their story about where they were born?”

    Don’t mean to get into politics, but couldn’t help thinking about the Obama birth certificate controversy.

  5. fleetwd1 says:

    Thanks again Justin for your plug for Peter Williams videos. I also have the video broken down for those who would like it in sections of the lecture only, the 3 responses only, and the QA only for easier access.

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