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The resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Is it a fact or a religious myth?

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About Jesus' resurrection

Most Christians believe that Jesus was executed in Jerusalem by the Roman occupying army circa 30 CE, and that a miracle happened about a day and a half later: he was bodily resurrected. This is one of their cardinal beliefs.

They believe that he returned to life in his original body. On that day -- or 40 days later (Gospel sources differ) -- he left earth and ascended through the clouds to Heaven.

Most Muslims, progressive Christians, non-theists, etc. disagree.

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Beliefs about Jesus' death and resurrection:

bullet Overview: Quotes and summary

bullet The event's dates and times

bullet Descriptions in the Bible

bullet Observations and confirmations in the Bible

bullet "Gabriel's Revelation" tablet:Ancient Jewish belief of a suffering & resurrected messiah

bullet Four evaluations of the tablet's significance

bullet Five more evaluations of the tablet's significance

bulletBeliefs by various individuals and groups about the resurrection:
bulletBy American and British Christian clergy and laity

bullet The early Christian movement 1st and 2nd Centuries CE; church creeds.

bullet Christians who believe the resurrection story

bullet A conservative Christian viewpoint by Jose Davis

bullet Christians who have alternative interpretations of Jesus' resurrection

bullet A progressive Christian viewpoint by R.C. Symes

bullet Solving some of the enigmas about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An essay donated by Alfonso Baeza

bullet Beliefs of other Christian groups, and one other religion

bullet Some non-miraculous explanations of the resurrection:
bullet The swoon, imposition, & vision theories

bullet Theories based on modernist beliefs, reserpine, myth, Jewish belief, & midrash
bulletAn essay donated by Contributing Editor Susan Humphreys: "How to Understand the Resurrection Stories in the Bible"

bullet Would the finding of Jesus' bones contradict belief in his resurrection?

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. J.S. Spong, "Resurrection, Myth or Reality? A Bishops Search for the Origins of Christianity", Harper San Francisco, CA, (1994) Page 50. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store.
  2. "Toward a Common Date for Easter," World Council of Churches / Middle East Council of Churches Consultation, 1997 at:
  3. Gary Habermas, "Resurrection Research From 1975 to the Present: What are Critical Scholars Saying?." Journal for the Study of the New Historical Jesus, 2005-JUN; 3: Pages 135  to 153.

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Most, but not all, refer to Jesus' resurrection.

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