The Two Best Books on The Resurrection of Jesus

Robert M. Price and Jeffrey Jay Lowder's 2005 anthology, The Empty Tomb, expertly looks in detail at the so-called historical evidence for the resurrection and finds it utterly lacking. Matthew McCormick's 2012 book, Atheism and the Case against Christ, looks at the historical evidence but focuses in on epistemological issues. He compares the claims of the Salem Witch trials and alien abductions to the claims of the resurrection then shows how these issues lead us to atheism.

I wrote a blurb for McCormick's book, saying: "Finally, a first-rate philosopher weighs in and utterly demolishes any hope reasonable people have for believing Jesus was resurrected from the grave. Masterfully, he goes on to argue why atheism follows 'from the ground up' based on cognitive bias studies, religious diversity, the lack of compelling evidence, divine hiddenness, the problem of miracles, and the failure of faith. No other book presents a better case. Nothing more needs to be said." This blurb is not meant to devalue Price and Lowder's book at all. If I wrote a blurb for their book I would also say, "Nothing more needs to be said." It's a shame more has to be said because of the mind of the believer. I just think a more complete case against the resurrection that includes important epistemological issues is better, that's all. But taken together these two books destroy any hope believers have of defending the resurrection. They are the best of the best. [As a third best book from a Christian who expresses key doubts about the bodily resurrection and empty tomb of Jesus, I recommend chapter six (177 pages) in Dale Allison's Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters.]