'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.
Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy in the Department of Religion and Theology at Liberty University.
Part 1 I. A Resurrection Faith Chapter 2 The Resurrection of Jesus as History Chapter 3 A Theistic Universe Chapter 4 The Person and Teachings of Jesus Chapter 5 The Kingdom of God Chapter 6 Salvation and Radical Commitment Chapter 7 Eternal Life Part 8 II. The Resurrection and Some Practical Issues Chapter 9 Challenging the Fear of Death Chapter 10 Suffering and Jesus's Resurrection: A Personal Account Chapter 11 The Testimony of the Holy Spirit and Evidence Chapter 12 Jesus and the Authority of Scripture