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Do the Math


It is faith, not proof, that makes Christian’s believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the central tenet of the religion.

That doesn’t work from the Heterodox or Jeffersonian point of view /1. Heterodoxy values the tradition, but questions the facts around the argument. The Jeffersonian looks for parallel and/ or alternative lines of thought that bring a topic to a reasonable conclusion.

So, now we have an emerging theory that endorses faith and utilizes methodologies that can reasonably be adopted by both the Heterodox and the Jeffersonian.

Oxford University professor Richard Swinburne, a leading philosopher of religion, has seemingly done the impossible. Using logic and mathematics, he has created a formula that he says shows a 97 percent certainty that Jesus Christ was resurrected by God the Father, as reported by The Age and Catholic News.

This stunning conclusion was made based on a series of complex calculations grounded in the following logic:

1. The probably of God’s existence is one in two. That is, God either exists or doesn’t.
2. The probability that God became incarnate, that is embodied in human form, is also one in two.
3. The evidence for God’s existence is an argument for the resurrection.
4. The chance of Christ’s resurrection not being reported by the gospels has a probability of one in 10.
5. Considering all these factors together, there is a one in 1,000 chance that the resurrection is not true.

New Testament scholars say the only evidences are witnesses in the four gospels. That’s only five percent of the evidence,” Swinburne said in a lecture he gave at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. “We can’t judge the question of the resurrection unless we ask first whether there’s reason to suppose there is a God. Secondly, if we have reason to suppose he would become incarnate, and thirdly, if he did, whether he would live the sort of life Jesus did.” He says that even Jesus’ life is not enough proof. However, the resurrection is “God’s signature,” which shows “his approval of Jesus’ teaching.”

The calculations that Swinburne says prove the resurrection are detailed in his book, The Resurrection of God Incarnate.”

More later…

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork
1/ See The Jeffersonian Model – By Brian Patrick Cork dated 02/11/2007

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“Do the Math”

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