There are at least four historical facts about Jesus that are nearly unanimously granted by the full range of scholars in the academic world. A careful analysis of these facts points to a physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead. There are massive implications for each person.
As a scientist, I am often dismayed at the naive faith in science that I see in the general public, including Christian leaders, in their tacit assumption that if there is tension between science and faith, it is faith that must be questioned. In reality, the inductive inferences of science must be examined just as critically as interpretations of scripture.
“I find a father holding a knife to his son’s throat to show his love to a totalitarian dictator wicked!” was the late atheist Christopher Hitchens’ response to the biblical account of God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son. There is simply no reason to get upset about the story unless it is true, after all, we do not take seriously what a fictitious villain does in a faery tale. It only becomes worthy of being upset about if it actually happened, so let us accept the event as true and look at the account.
Something as important as this should not be solely the domain of the most intelligent … It should be simple enough to be grasped by a child, or a person with mental disabilities, or the completely uneducated.
Just as a woman cannot give birth to herself, so nature cannot have brought itself into existence. If the origin and foundation of the physical world cannot be natural, then it must be something that is not-natural.