Last issue,CHRISTIANITY TODAYpresented evidences for the resurrection of Jesus Christ marshaled by Professor J. N. D. Anderson, director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London, England. The presentation was made at Harvard University, where a panel of religious scholars were invited to voice their agreements or disagreements. Here are their remarks, with a closing comment by Professor Anderson and an editorial overcomment briefly reflecting the views of the editors ofCHRISTIANITY TODAY.Those who have not done so ought first to read Professor Anderson’s presentation in the March 29 issue of this magazine.—ED.
1. Dr. Lawrence Burkholder is chairman of the Department of the Church at the Harvard Divinity School, where he holds the Victor S. Thomas Chair of Divinity.
I would like to raise a question about the evidence which Dr. Anderson used for the establishment of the resurrection as a fact. For the sake of the argument let us agree that the idea of the resurrection has been transmitted to us by eyewitnesses; that these witnesses and writers of the New Testament were honest and trustworthy men; that the argument from collective hallucination is quite unlikely; and that a psychological interpretation or subjective interpretation is unsatisfactory. Still the question remains whether I need to be convinced by the kind of evidence which has been brought forth. When you consider the nature of the event of the resurrection, is the evidence, which is formidable, convincing? Or is it discounted by the very nature of the event?
I think it is common knowledge that there are different kinds of events. There is what may be called an ordinary event, that is, something which is continuous with our experience, ...1
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