The Risen Jesus & Future Hope

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Religion - 239 pages
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'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.
 

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Contents

The Resurrection of Jesus as History
3
A Theistic Universe
53
The Person and Teachings of Jesus
89
The Kingdom of God
123
Salvation and Radical Commitment
137
Eternal Life
151
The Resurrection and Some Practical Issues
171
Challenging the Fear of Death
173
Suffering and Jesuss Resurrection A Personal Account
187
The Testimony of the Holy Spirit and Evidence
199
Jesus and the Authority of Scripture
213
Selected Bibliography
225
Index
233
About the Author
239
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Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy in the Department of Religion and Theology at Liberty University.