Did Jesus really die and then rise from the dead? That is the core belief of Christianity, but it sounds so...impossible. Unbelievable. Irrational. The modern mind is beyond this thinking, right?
That is the question addressed by authors Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson in Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection. Guess what? Modern thinkers aren't the only ones who have found the resurrection to be doubtful.
"The resurrection of a man from the dead was not easy to believe then, nor is it easy to accept today. It has never been easy to believe -- and yet millions have.
"If you still don't believe it, it's understandable. It's difficult to switch beliefs overnight. Doubt is normal -- even good. But at some point you've got to come up with an explanation for this massive shift in belief..."
First century Greeks and Jews were not expecting a bodily resurrection, and even early Christians had doubts (have you ever heard of Thomas?). It is entirely reasonable to want to investigate the veracity of the audacious claim of Jesus resurrected. The authors encourage you to own your doubt, and then seek answers. Were followers of Jesus delusional? Why did Christianity change the world? Isn't the idea of an "afterlife" just sentiment to make us feel better when someone dies? Why does the resurrection matter?
These questions and more are answered in this thought-provoking little book. If you're doubting, why not give your doubts the attention they deserve. You can start with this little book. The text is less than 100 pages. Isn't the topic worth that much? It may spark more interest in seeking answers to the question of the resurrection; it may allay some doubts; it may even change your life.
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the BookLook bloggers program in exchange for my honest review. I would have read this book anyway; you should, too.