Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Resurrection scores 97%

Since I am currently studying modern interpretations of the Resurrection, I just can't avoid blogging on this one.

Prof. Richard Swinburne apparently said that the probability that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead is 97%, according to this article on ReligionNewsBlog. The article says that prof. Swinburne has substantiated this computation in one of his books, that at this point should go onto my ever-growing list of books to read. (I wonder what the margin of error is. As one of my professors used to repeat ad nauseam in a Physics Lab course, measurements only make sense if three things are specified: data, error, and unit of measurement. And of course the measurement must be reproducible, according to some well-specified method.)

Statements like "there was a one in 10 probability that the gospels would report the life and resurrection of Jesus in the form they do" seem to me fairly generic and difficult to support, but maybe it's all explained in detail in the book referenced in the article.

Good post, Davide. And you inspired me to add a couple of posts about "resurrection" on my own blog too:
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