Frank Morrison wrote the book of this title about 100 years ago. The author had set out intending to debunk Christianity, particularly the resurrection. He planned on proving it was untrue. Then he began his research and became convinced that it was true. This is the conclusion that Luke came to after investigating the Life of Christ:
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eye witnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you [most excellent Theophilus] so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught/So that you might recognize the reliability of the accounts you have been taught.” (Luke 1:1-4) Alternative translation by Dr. David Bentley Hart
“The historian does simply not come in to replenish the gaps of memory. He constantly challenges even those memories that have survived intact.” Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
The #Minimal Facts Argument
The Minimal Facts Argument: an explanation of the events in and around the Death and Resurrection: An idea from Gary Habermas PhD.
The following details are accepted by virtually all historians, sceptic and believer alike:
- That Jesus died by crucifixion—and that very soon afterwards. His followers had real experiences that they thought were actual appearances of the risen Jesus;
- That their lives were transformed as a result, even to the point of being willing to die specifically for their faith in the resurrection message;
- That these things were taught very early, soon after the crucifixion;
- That James, Jesus’ unbelieving brother, became a Christian due to his own experience of the resurrected Christ;
- that the Christian persecutor Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) also became a believer after a similar experience.