There was a time more than a century ago when it was not uncommon to hear religion scholars argue that early Christians borrowed from common Middle Eastern pagan resurrection myths of their day to explain away Jesus’ death on the cross and the fact of His missing body.
But about the only place that claim is made today is on the Internet. That’s why, at least on a popular culture level, the claim is enjoying something of a revival among skeptics looking for reasons to reject Christianity. There are reasons, however, why reputable scholars stopped making the argument a long time ago.
Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) Mary Jo Sharp gives three reasons why none of the pagan myths involved in the debate could have been the source of the disciples’ claim that Jesus was resurrected on the third day after he was crucified dead and buried.
As an assistant professor for apologetics, Sharp teaches logic and apologetics at HBU, and she is an internationally known speaker who has addressed secular and faith-based audiences around the world. She is the founder of the Confident Christianity apologetics ministry.
Being an Oklahoma State University (OSU) graduate, I forgive Sharp for having gone to the University of Oklahoma (OU) for her undergraduate work, and I can confidently assure you that this will be a valuable, thought-provoking and myth-killing six minutes.