This highly endorsed book, written for believers, non-believers, and those who are not quite sure about Jesus' resurrection, offers a non-traditional explanation for the birth of Christianity and explains it with unusual clarity. The following excerpts are from nine endorsements on the back cover and inside title page (or just inside the title page in ebook formats): "CleaThis highly endorsed book, written for believers, non-believers, and those who are not quite sure about Jesus' resurrection, offers a non-traditional explanation for the birth of Christianity and explains it with unusual clarity. The following excerpts are from nine endorsements on the back cover and inside title page (or just inside the title page in ebook formats): "Clearly written and well argued, Doubting Jesus' Resurrection lays out a plausible and intriguing case for a non-supernatural explanation of the New Testament resurrection accounts" (Robert J. Miller, Professor of Religious Studies, Juniata College). "Komarnitsky's answers are well-documented and carefully considered, and his central thesis is intriguing. Highly recommended" (Rev. Chuck Jones, Atlanta, Georgia). "Komarnitsky shows great acuity of judgment and clear-eyed perception of the issues. He does not claim to have proof of what happened at Christian origins, but he does present a powerfully plausible hypothesis for what might have happened" (Robert M. Price, Ph.D. Theology, Ph.D. New Testament). "Komarnitsky presents a surprisingly excellent demonstration of how belief in the resurrection of Jesus could plausibly have originated by natural means" (Richard Carrier, Ph.D. Ancient History)....
|Title||:||Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?|
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Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box? Reviews
This review is with regard to the second edition of the book. This is a tremendous effort from Komarnitsky to analyze and deal with the facts, hypotheses and explanations that have to be taken into account for the origins of Christianity. The approach is critical, yet not overly skeptical. Komarnitsky is not afraid to point out when well established scholars sometimes (unjustly) dismiss naturalistic hypotheses only to not have to deal with them later on. Furthermore the writer is not afraid to point out problems that emerge with his own hypothesis either. The fact that Komarnitksy is an amateur in the strict sense is surprising because this is one of the most informative books that I have read on the topic. The scholarship is up-to-date, both traditional and non-traditional academics are utilized, and the methodology is sound. The appendix is actually the real gem within this book. It exposes the apologetic response on the improbability of myth growth within the gospels for the fraud that it is. I do not agree with all the assumptions made at the offset of this book, but reading it is a rewarding experience. Highly recommended.
This is, overall, an excellent introduction to a naturalistic explanation of Jesus' resurrection. The author's writing is clear, concise, and follows a logical progression. After arguing that the empty tomb tradition is a legend and the disciples didn't know where Jesus was buried, Komarnitsky attempts to explain the resurrection belief and appearance traditions associated with 1 Cor 15. All of his explanations are plausible, which is really all you can ask of a critical look into the resurrection. A great book for anyone wanting to learn more about the subject.
Chapter 7: A Comparison to the Resurrection Hypothesis finds the author of this book addressing the arguments and "facts" of William Lane Craig and Mike Licona. Both considered to be the top apologists for Jesus' resurrection (which isn't saying much). He made the necessary improvements to the first addition and answering the supposed facts accepted by so many in chapter 7 was the best part. This author is far too humble. His contribution to Christianity's possible origins is of far more quality than just about every apologetic book you'll read.
Though the intro says that this book was written for believers, nonbelievers, etc...I get the impression that no believer will be convinced by this book. It is certainly well researched and uses a concise and unforced style to discuss the topics but it seems a bit too academic for the average reader, its premises a bit too fine and nuanced to be convincing to anyone but those who already doubt. Perhaps that was the authors intended audience. But like so many reasonable, rational books about religion, the religious will probably pay it no mind.
The earliest statement of Christian beliefs about the crucifixion and resurrection is in Pauls 1 Cornithians 15:3-7. The author looks at these beliefs and is in a quest to find alternate, plausible reasons for the events behind the beliefs. The discussion is pretty exhaustive, as far as I know, and he looks at evidence from both sides. I found most of it pretty engaging, but of course he didn't have to do a lot of convincing of me. If an alternate explanation is available for the miraculous one, why believe the miraculous one?
Interesting way of looking through and interpreting the evidence surrounding the resurrection. The author gives a careful analysis, and tries to balance viewpoints as best as one can. The author succeeds, in my view, in giving a plausible alternative. Gives a lot of good information for someone who is not already familiar with the literature on this topic.
Reasons for doubting this event based on simple clues
Very thought provoking book, but a week after I finished it the second edition came out. Wish I had known that ahead of time. Second edition very similar but more detail.