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The Risen Jesus and Future Hope

Gary R. Habermas

'Always be prepared,' wrote the apostle Peter, 'to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.' Reading and digesting this book will help. Gary R. Habermas begins his apologetic for Christianity by demonstrating the historicity of the resurrection of Christ. He then connects the resurrection to several key tenets of Christian theology, through paths not only historical, but also philosophical, counseling, and experiential. The resurrection, Habermas shows, is the central belief for every Christian, whether that person believes it was an actual historical event or not. But it is Habermas' illustration that Jesus quite literally rose bodily from the dead that makes this book so unique. The resurrection is not only the foundation for Christian belief past and present, but also the basis for future hope. What, for instance, does the resurrection of Jesus have to teach us about our own fear of death? Habermas' answers to this and other questions proves how essential the resurrection is to living a Christian life, and gives us great hope for the future. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 264Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-3287-8 • Paperback • September 2003 • $43.00 • (£29.95)
Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy in the Department of Religion and Theology at Liberty University.
Part 1 I. A Resurrection Faith
Chapter 2 The Resurrection of Jesus as History
Chapter 3 A Theistic Universe
Chapter 4 The Person and Teachings of Jesus
Chapter 5 The Kingdom of God
Chapter 6 Salvation and Radical Commitment
Chapter 7 Eternal Life
Part 8 II. The Resurrection and Some Practical Issues
Chapter 9 Challenging the Fear of Death
Chapter 10 Suffering and Jesus's Resurrection: A Personal Account
Chapter 11 The Testimony of the Holy Spirit and Evidence
Chapter 12 Jesus and the Authority of Scripture
This is a book that 'pulls it all together.' I learned something fresh and new about the resurrection in virtually everyone of its chapters. No one acquainted with the spirit and content of this book could possible see the claims about Christianity regularly found in such books as The Da Vinci Code as anything but historical errors of the first order.
Richard Brian Davis, Tyndale University College