Review on The Resurrection Fact
Bombaro, John J. & Francisco, Adam S. The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics. New Reformation Publications: Irvine, CA. 2016.
This book, authored by 9 separate writers and the two above also are the editors, attempts to augment a resurgence for the Luther led Reformation of five centuries prior. The main Christian doctrine being the resurrection with its tag a long’s being the death of Jesus upon a Roman cross, the burial of the corpse by Joseph of Arimathea that same evening, and then the resurrection back to life of the physical body of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. The articles pick apart the main arguments against these tenets, brought together in written form in the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-19, that Jesus is risen, indeed. The authors discuss that the actual historical Jesus being alive in Palestine some 2,000 years ago who went on to die is of little contestation but some will still stick with an idea that the Gospel accounts are myths. These people, at least among serious scholars, are rare. The idea that this same Jesus dying upon a Roman cross is disputed by some. The Muslim Quran teaches that Jesus did not die rather Allah took him to heaven without seeing death. This account was authored some six centuries after the fact while we have eyewitness accounts of his death including the Roman ruler of that area, Pontus Pilate. The Quran’s case than is discounted by serious scholars due to its conflict with the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ death. The burial of Jesus gets more disputations, including the scholar John Crossan with his progressive Christianity, and these would claim that the apostles merely thought that they saw a risen Lord before them. Some of the disciples witnessed an apparition, others a strong light as did Paul, and the others were just mistaken about seeing Jesus. These progressives believe Jesus’ body was left to rot with the main carcass consumed by scavengers. The Resurrection is accepted throughout the book as the logical conclusion for we have eye witness accounts written within 30 years of the events plus two Gospel accounts written through compilations of witness accounts. This readable account serves well as a basic introduction to apologetics for any Christian regardless of the level of prior knowledge. It serves pastors as a guide to encourage and equip his flock to bear witness to the Resurrection. This book serves any reader who wishes to read an account concerning the reasons Christians believe. I received an advanced copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews for an honest review of this book.