The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story
by Jonathan MS Pearce (Author), David Fitzgerald (Foreword) 2021
About the Author
Jonathan M.S. Pearce is a teacher from south Hampshire, UK, who has dedicated many years to studying all manner of things philosophical and theological. Having studied for a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Wales, TSD, he also holds a degree from the University of Leeds, and a PGCE from the University of St Mary’s, Twickenham. As a founder member of the Tippling Philosophers, a friendly group of disparate believers and non-believers (and sort-of believers) based in Hampshire, he is a big advocate of casual philosophy groups meeting over pints of good ale. He lives with his partner (and twin boys) and wonders how she puts up with him.
Pearce has completed a number of titles: Free Will?, The Little Book of Unholy Questions, The Nativity: A Critical Examination, The Problem with “God”, 13 Reasons to Doubt and Beyond an Absence of Faith. He has also made many public speaking engagements, discussing philosophy, religion and skepticism.
He has a Youtube channel: a chance to expose his ideas and arguments. It can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnnyp76?feature=mhee
He blogs with the Patheos Nonreligious network at:
About the Book
The Resurrection story is integral to the Christian faith; its truth has been crucial for Christians since the inception of the belief system. But did the events reported in the Christian Bible actually happen? How do the claims made by the authors look in light of careful historical analysis? Are the Gospel claims internally coherent? Do Christian believers have justification in believing the chapter and verse of this most famous of miraculous stories?
Jonathan MS Pearce looks at all of the problems with the Easter story in the same way he analysed the Nativity accounts in the sister book The Nativity: A Critical Examination. This later book is a diligent examination of the Easter story, the claims, the likelihood of truth, and what may have been the original events that inspired the biblical writers and believers to write and believe what they did. And still do. Historical, philosophical, and biblical exegetical analysis are woven together to form a terminal case against the accuracy, and ultimately truth, of the Easter story.
“[I]f you want to take such a belief seriously, read this thoroughly documented terminal case against the resurrection based on the latest research! This is the only book you’ll need. Pearce is your expert guide on all the essential issues.”
- John W. Loftus, author, and editor of The Case against Miracles
“Jonathan MS Pearce puts the resurrection genie back in the bottle (and the body back in the grave). If you are digging for truth, this book is a goldmine!”
- Dan Barker, author of Godless
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“No rational and honest scholar of religion or theologian who asserts that the resurrection of Jesus was an actual event would be able to do so without addressing the compelling counterarguments presented by Jonathan Pearce’s The Resurrection…. Pearce offers a masterful analysis of the central miracle of Christianity, Jesus’s purported return from death…. All of this makes it difficult to refute…that the entire narrative upon which the Christian faith is anchored is a fiction contrived by others long after the purported date of the crucifixion…”
- Dr. H. Sidky, Professor of Anthropology, Miami University, and author of Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal and Pseudoscience: An Anthropological Critique
“This book is the definitive starting point for anyone intent on questioning or defending the resurrection of Jesus. Introductory and aimed at a broad audience, but thoroughly researched, all the key works are here cited and arguments addressed, and with sound reasoning. If this book cannot be answered, belief in the resurrection cannot be defended.”
- Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Jesus from Outer Space: What the Earliest Christians Really Believed about Christ.
“This is a detailed, clear, and very readable survey of the evidence for the Resurrection, and it makes an overwhelming case for the conclusion that the Resurrection did not happen. It’s an extraordinary fact that so many smart, educated people have managed to convince themselves that the historical case for the Resurrection is strong, when it is, patently, ludicrously weak.”
- Dr. Stephen Law, author of Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
“For too long, Christian evangelists have been able to get away with the outrageous claim that the resurrection of Jesus is one of the ‘best-attested facts in history’. In this erudite and highly readable account, Jonathan MS Pearce demonstrates with devastating logic and clarity why this claim should be rejected.”
- David Warden, Chairman of Dorset Humanists and Honorary Member of Humanists UK.