Alternative Theories About Jesus' Resurrection

A number of alternatives to the Gospel accounts of the resurrection have been suggested to account for the disappearance of Jesus' body.

NOTE: These theories have been put forward by those who do not accept a supernatural worldview or the possibility of miracles.

THEORY

MAIN POINTS

POSSIBLE RESPONSE

LEGEND

Gospel accounts are myths

What about the disciples' deaths
as martyrs & changed lives?

CONSPIRACY
THEORIES

Disciples stole the body;
Jesus went east/west; made up story

This was alleged by the authorities.
Why not produce the body or the guards? Why die for a lie?

SWOON

Jesus did not die; he swooned & revived later before disappearing

The Romans knew how to crucify people & tell when they were dead.
What about the spear thrust to the chest?

HALLUCINATION

Jesus' appearances just hallucinations

Physical appearances unlike 'normal' hallucinations

WRONG TOMB
The women went to the wrong tomb

Does not account for appearances to disciples & others


For more on the various alternative explanations of the resurrection accounts, go to JESUS' RESURRECTION: Fact or Fiction?

 

 

 



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