On April 21 I will speak about the main various explanations that have been offered to explain the facts of Easter morning without concluding that Jesus rose from the dead. In brief, these alternate explanations are:
- Science proves Jesus’s resurrection is impossible.
- The accounts of Jesus’s resurrection are mythical of a kind common in the ancient world.
- The apostles were either deluded or they mounted a deliberate conspiracy of falsehoods.
- The key actors on Good Friday and Sunday morning botched what they were doing (the "Swoon" theory and the "wrong tomb" theory).
The "wrong-tomb" theory: Jesus did die on the cross, was entombed on Friday but on Sunday the women mistakenly went to an unused, open tomb, talked with a gardener whom they mistook for Jesus, then excitedly told the disciples that Jesus’s tomb was empty and that Jesus was risen.)
I hope to cover these topics adequately in a reasonable time! Sunday afternoon I'll post the finished text here. If you are around our area, I hope to see you this Sunday!