This book provides an original and comprehensive assessment of the hypotheses concerning the origin of resurrection Christology. It fills a gap in the literature by addressing these issues using a transdisciplinary approach involving historical-critical study of the New Testament, theology, analytic philosophy, psychology and comparative religion.
Using a novel analytic framework, this book demonstrates that a logically exhaustive list of hypotheses concerning the claims of Jesus’ post-mortem appearances and the outcome of Jesus’ body can be formulated. It addresses these hypotheses in detail, including sophisticated combinations of hallucination hypothesis with cognitive dissonance; memory distortion; and confirmation bias. Addressing writings from both within and outside of Christianity, it also demonstrates how a comparative religion approach might further illuminate the origins of Christianity.
This is a thorough study of arguably the key event in the formation of the Christian faith. As such, it will be of keen interest to theologians, New Testament scholars, philosophers, and scholars of religious studies.
Table of Contents
2 The earliest Christians claimed to have witnessed the resurrected Jesus
3 The earliest Christians experienced something which they thought was the resurrected Jesus
4 The earliest Christians witnessed an extra-mental entity
5 The extra-mental entity was Jesus who died on the cross
6 What happened to Jesus’ physical body
7 Combination Hypotheses
8 The problem of miracle
Andrew Loke is Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of multiple books including God and Ultimate Origins: A Novel Cosmological Argument (2017), The Origins of Divine Christology (2017) and A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation (2014).