Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2017

School

School of Divinity

Major

Philosophy and Religion: Biblical Studies; Religion: Biblical Studies; Religious Studies

Keywords

Apologetics, Resurrection, Islam, Christianity, Gary Habermas, Minimal Facts

Abstract

This thesis explores the “minimal facts” argument, an argument established by Dr. Gary Habermas concerning the minimal historical facts surrounding the death of Jesus of Nazareth that a majority of scholars, both Christian and non-Christian, attest to. It will specifically address mainstream Islamic arguments against the historicity of the resurrection. The Islamic view maintains that Jesus of Nazareth was either not crucified or that he survived his crucifixion, while Christianity posits that Jesus was crucified and resurrected. The essay examines scholarship from Muslims, Christians, and secular Atheist/Agnostics, and concludes that the biblical view of the resurrection is backed by historical data, whereas Islamic objections to the resurrection hypothesis are inadequate.

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