Since 1975, gary habermas has been cataloging scholarly sources on the resurrection of christ to establish certain trends, or ‘minimal facts’, accepted by most historians in man, myth, messiah , the number of these sources is given as “more than 2,200,” pulled from the 2007 book the case for the real jesus. In his historical review of the gospels (jesus: an historian’s now we have to choose a method to determine what is historical the method we will use is called the “minimal facts” approach maybe two” related to the scholars that disagree with these facts gary habermas, “the minimal facts approach to the resurrection of jesus. In this essay, i will concentrate on the nature, distinctiveness, and value of the minimal facts methodological approach to the resurrection of jesus after a brief overview, i will interact directly with the use of such an approach by michael licona in his recent volume, the resurrection of jesus: a new historiographical approach , 1 including.
One may find it even more surprising that there is a general consensus among said scholars concerning the resurrection of jesus of nazareth gary habermas and mike licona have presented what they term the “ minimal facts approach” (habermas & licona 2004, 46. Carrier formulates “just three minimal facts” defining his historical jesus (chapter 2, § 4): 1 an actual man at some point named jesus acquired followers in life. I think licona’s book is the clearest offering yet regarding the key arguments for and against the resurrection one thing that i’m concerned about is that it seems that scholars are comfortable sticking to the minimal facts approach to build their case. The minimal facts method for more than 35 years, i have argued that, surrounding the end of jesus’ life, there is a significant body of data that scholars of almost every religious and.
Dr gary habermas has coined a method to show the historicity of the resurrection of jesus called “the minimal facts” approach to the resurrection jesus: an historian’s review of the gospels (new york: scribner, 1977), 174-79. There are additional minimal facts that can be presented and these facts when considered as a body of facts give a compelling argument against the hypothesis that one jesus was resurrected from the dead. Included in this creed are three of our minimal facts: the death of jesus, the empty tomb, and the post-resurrection appearances furthermore, our fourth minimal fact (the origin of christianity) is easily explained given the first thee facts. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking the minimal facts approach to understanding the resurrection of jesus christ as developed by dr gary habermas and dr michael licona in their book, the case of the resurrection of jesus to review, the five facts that are agreed to by almost all scholars, christians and non-christians, who do research in this area are. The minimal facts argument proposes that even by using only those few historical data that are attested by many evidences each and that are therefore accepted as.
The minimal facts method of explaining and defending the historicity of the resurrection of jesus is the most effective and easiest method to present a must read 5 people found this helpful. Though as many as 12 minimal facts surrounding the death and resurrection of christ may be examined,  the brevity of this paper limits our examination to four: the death of jesus by crucifixion, the empty tomb,  the post-resurrection appearances, and the origin of the christian faith i contend that the best explanation for these minimal. The third is a more recent ‘minimal facts’ method originated by gary habermas this method basically says to the skeptic, “ok, for the sake of argument” we’ll narrow the data down to some minimal points which even the most skeptical of the experts seem to agree upon.
In his book, the resurrection of jesus: a new historiographical approach, michael r licona offers a unique method to understanding the events leading up to the risen savior as suggested in the title, he takes a historical expedition by critically examining nearly every source of the resurrection. The minimal facts approach is a particular argument that uses agreed upon facts by the majority of critical scholars that publish scholarly work surrounding the resurrection of jesus christ. Jesus fact #6 – resurrection appearances to james, peter, paul & disciples november 29, 2015 by james bishop in about jesus christ , jesus facts disciples & others convinced that the resurrected jesus appeared to them – general scholarly consensus. The resurrection of christ is a paramount doctrine in christianity it is the event that proves to us that jesus was who he claimed to be—the son of god let’s look at a few facts concerning the resurrection and why they are important the life of christ is a fact of history his resurrection is. Endnotes this is what i have termed the minimal facts method, which argues chiefly from data that have the twofold characteristics of being individually and multiply attested on strongly evidential grounds, hence being accepted by almost all scholars who research this subject.
Similarly, even if one were to grant, at least arguendo, that the hypothesis of jesus’ resurrection by yahweh is the best explanation of his gerrymandered “minimal facts”, it’s not obviously the best explanation given all the relevant data so, for example, suppose we throw in the “consensus” facts that, say, jesus falsely predicted. Craig's empty tomb & habermas on visions (1999, 2005) richard carrier [part 4e of a larger review of in defense of miracles] the resurrection of jesus two chapters are devoted to the resurrection of jesus. This blog post is based on the minimal facts argument for the resurrection of jesus by dr gary habermas, and it one of the strongest arguments that i have seen for the resurrection dr habermas is an american historian, new testament scholar, and philosopher of religion , and he has been studying the resurrection for.
Habermas explains what he calls the “minimal facts approach” to arguing for the resurrection of jesus christ habermas offers the idea that the resurrection can be established with a high level of certainty based on just 6 of the original 12 facts. They then present five “minimal facts” of the resurrection: jesus died by crucifixion, his disciples believed in his resurrection and appearances, paul’s life was changed from persecutor to apostle, the skeptic james was converted, and the tomb is empty. Watch video [mike] licona begins by listing my three chief minimal facts regarding jesus’ fate: (1) jesus died due to the process of crucifixion (2) very soon afterwards, jesus’ disciples had experiences that they believed were appearances of the resurrected jesus.