A Youtube Playlist Featuring 8 Excellent Videos Explaining Easter
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Easter is so much more than bunnies, colored eggs, and jelly beans. Indeed, there is a much better name for this wonderful holiday—Resurrection Day. That's because the main focus of it is new life and victory over death accomplished by one particular figure of history who is famous for this. But of course there had to be a death before there could be a victory over it. The editors of Tao and Tawheed have produced this series of talks on the subject to capture the important events and details of this historical narrative from the four gospels of the New Testament. Its presenters include Ben Edwards, Ismail Nemr, Wissam Yousif and Eddie Yousif (together), Steve Schlichter, Jon and Jayne Frazier (together), Jeff Davis, Scott Cherry, and UMD student Christian Ledford.
11 Reasons Why It's Logical to Believe the Real Jesus Rose from the Dead.
by Scott Cherry—
In the 1st century the Christian faith mushroomed throughout the Roman Empire despite waves of persecution against Christians. Unlike Islam, it spread without military force or any sort of violence perpetrated by Christians for three whole centuries. It was literally unstoppable, but why?! Because it was credible, and thousands of average people believed it even though they had nothing to gain and everything to lose during those three centuries. There is no other logical way to explain the growth of Christianity but that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples and "more than 500 brethren at one time". (1 Cor. 15)
What is confirmed by even the most skeptical using modern historical methodology?
Was the resurrection of Jesus a real historical event? Can we analyze it by the same criteria as other historical events? Dr. Gary Habermas has coined a method to validate the resurrection of Jesus called the Minimal Facts approach to the resurrection. These facts are used by Habermas for three main reasons:
- The vast majority of scholars accepts these facts as historical
- They are well-established by the historical method.
- The only explanation that can account for the existence of all these facts is the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
If Jesus was replaced, then WHO rose from the dead?
by Scott Cherry—
In this article I will talk about a famous event of history without naming the person to whom it is attributed. At least for a while. The event is a resurrection, or THE Resurrection. In theory, a resurrection is when a dead person comes back to life. THE Resurrection is when a particular dead person was purported to have come back to life. But who? Was it the Buddha? Was it Muhammad? How about Achilles? Could it be Osiris? Abraham Lincoln? Or maybe Superman?
Why We Can Have Justified Confidence in Knowledge We Gain From Experience
What is Reality?
It sometimes strikes me how much disparity there is among philosophers, even within the same stream. And this has always been true. It reaches all the way back to the dawn of Greek philosophy with the Milesians. But it is captured especially well by the relationship of the two most significant Greek philosophers who were not only contemporaries but master and pupil no less—Plato and Aristotle. Since then, rather than reaching eventual consensus among themselves, the disparities have continued through history to more recent eras with their prominent thinkers such as Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Berkeley, Spinoza, and Hume to name just a few. Today’s students of philosophy might be hard-pressed to choose which if any one system is true as a whole. The neophyte may be plunged into utter confusion until he/she can sort through the plethora of arguments for and against every conceivable belief they once held, not to mention the ideas they have never even considered. (As I see it, the university seems to relish in this.) On the other hand, as seen from another perspective and through different lenses it is very impressive to note how much commonality there actually is. It really depends on what one is looking at. Philosophical disparities are every bit as pronounced today as ever they were, but I will focus much more on the commonalities.