The Resurrection Briefs

Beginning with Hugo Grotius in 1622, dozens of lawyers have published books in which they supposedly use legal standards of evidence to prove Jesus rose from the dead – something most Christians believe as a matter of faith. The arguments of these “legal apologists” may seem impressive to laypersons, especially people predisposed to believe them. Proverbs 18:17 explains, “The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines.” I therefore propose that opposing counsel brief the issue in a single book: THE RESURRECTION BRIEFS.

1 Peter 3:15-16 requires Christians to “Always be ready to make your defense [apologia] to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” I seek the best possible counsel to argue in favor of Jesus’ resurrection. I come to cross-examine.