The Resurrection Experience

Scope: In what sense is Jesus the "founder" of Christianity? A comparison to the founders of Buddhism and Islam sharpens the distinctiveness of Christian origins. It is not so much "Jesus's experience" that begins this religion as his followers' claim to "an experience of Jesus" after his death. The character of this experience can be approached through the claims the first Christians made about themselves, all of which involve the experience of a personal, transcendent, transforming power. The source of that power is said to be a human being executed by state authority. What is meant, exactly, by the statement that Jesus is risen from the dead? A review of false options leads to the paradoxical confession and experience that lies at the heart of the Christian religion.

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