Jonathan MS Pearce recently wrote a book on the Resurrection of Jesus, the second in his”Critical Examination” trilogy that looks at the historical basis for religious and theological claims about Jesus. The books weave history, theology, and philosophy to create a concerted salvo aimed at the justification for theistic belief. Please grab yourself a copy of the first two whilst he is busy writing the third, on the Exodus:
Well, this review might be our favourite yet – what a lovely review:
In fact, together with Richard Carrier’s review, and the one following his, we are pretty happy with how it is being received. Here they are in text form:
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 July 2021
Never have I come across a more convincing critique of the Resurrection Easter story. Pearce has produced the definitive critique of the New Testament claim. His meticulous deconstruction is unforgettable. In a word ‘stunning’!
Evangelical Faith apologists continue to believe for no challenge is allowed to debunk the faith. For them, God has spoken and that’s the end of the matter. But for those of us who are genuinely interested in whether or not this story is based on fact, this scientific study, is the only book you’ll need. I cannot recommend it enough! It is indispensable!
Richard C. Carrier
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2021
I read this cover to cover and it is currently the most up-to-date and thorough summary of resurrection apologetics. It will equip any skeptic with everything they need to know (concepts, facts, and bibliography for further inquiry) and prep any Christian with what they need to answer. Anyone who wants to be fully up on this debate will benefit immensely from reading or having this book on hand.
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2021
Highly recommended for anyone from the casual skeptic to those who find themselves in heated debates with apologists. Without a doubt, the supposed death and resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity and one of the most influential stories in human history (regardless of what position you take on its veracity). As such, it deserves a more detailed analysis than most books provide, even those authored by prominent atheists and agnostics such as Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, Dennett, Barker, etc. I would recommend “The Resurrection”, alongside the works of Dr. Richard Carrier (who is cited frequently in it), as synergistic powerhouse tools in the arsenal of the counter-apologist and as compelling and thought-provoking texts for the less militant skeptic, agnostic, or fan of critical history.
Please, if you have read it (or any of his books) and enjoyed it (or them) please take time to post favourable reviews because they make a hell of a difference, and balance the occasional Christian negative ones.