Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA)
Resurrection, Apologetics, Disciples, Hallucination, Philosophy, Bible
Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Smothers, Joshua James, "A Defense of the Resurrection Miracle and Critique of the Hallucination Theory" (2022). Masters Theses. 837.
Many Christian scholars simply laugh at the notion of the Hallucination theory. However, while it is laughable that the hallucination theory claims the disciples of Jesus all shared a hallucination in which they saw their beloved friend risen from the grave, there is more to the hallucination theory than meets the eye. This thesis defends the resurrection using history while critiquing the hallucination theory. Jesus did rise from the grave in the same physical body that was crucified at Calvary, and the disciple's claims of seeing a risen Jesus are true and can be proven with fact and evidence.