Pagans: Answer! You Must!

Academically-inclined Christians point out that the historical record doesn’t include any (or widespread) denial of the “empty tomb” as evidence that Jesus of Nazareth did, in fact, resurrect and therefore become Jesus Christ.

Supposing you’re an ex-mormon or simply a run-of-the-mill pagan, I’m curious to read comments explaining how you account for this phenomenon.

In other words, you can read; I can read. But we disagree on whether Jesus resurrected after he was crucified. How do you account for the fact that the historical record doesn’t include accounts of people claiming that the stone wasn’t rolled away, that the tomb was not empty?

(For example, I can–for academic purposes–admit that there is a strength to ignoring absurdities.)

–A Wannabe Theologian.

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9 comments

  1. gmgoetz

    Hey Pete. I have been enjoying your blog for a while now, but I don’t think I have ever mentioned to you that I really do enjoy and appreciate your knowledge, wisdom, humour. Thank you for writing. Oh, I am a Christ Follower also, and like writings that make me think, as well as look inward at times. Thanks again Pete. God’s Blessings.

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  2. RON PRITCHETT

    OK Pete – As an Uber-Pagan:

    Whether the tomb was found empty or full is moot. Yes, I know the Christian religion is said to rest on this miraculous event. Yet my belief in the goodness of a Creator and the goodness of Jesus’ teachings doesn’t require belief in stories (insert definition of a Bad Catholic here). Stories were, and are key to communicating with crowds; crowds generally need stories for understanding, and I have no doubt that story-crafters of the time were sensitive to ideas that resonated with the masses. For example: This summer I visited this famous Celtic stone cross, located in County Sligo in Ireland. Biblical stories are represented by 3-part panels in stone relief, made more than 1,000 years ago by artful chiselers. Preachers of the time taught in this sculpted way to an illiterate audience in pictures and stories. The Bible is certainly an example of public relations – all the more reason to study texts and origins and language, to reduce the ideas and themes to an essence. The essence is good. As I look out the window on this glorious morning the Lord made, I will go now and rejoice and be glad in it. Thanks Pete.

    Best regards, Ron

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  3. Lucy Furr

    An empty tomb is no more proof than the absence of the golden plates Joseph Smith claimed to have used to translate ancient records. I’m an exmo and, therefore, can’t speak for all exmos. Many of them still believe in Christ but I do not.

    Here’s my two cents worth: if I don’t believe there was a person named Christ to ever walk the earth (well, I guess there are lots of Latinos named Jesus who have and are walking the earth but you know what I mean), then an empty tomb is just more evidence of a non-existent person/god.

    I also don’t believe in Santa, the tooth fairy or the Easter bunny–though zombies might be real.

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  4. shearstearsandrice

    Jesus was not the first to practice Quantum Mechanics in History, look at Easter Island, the Pyramids, etc, but here is a little food for thought. I am a Christian by definition simply because I believe Christ to have existed. I don’t read the bible much once I found out it had been written again and again according to who was ruler at the time. I go with my gut and rationalize through understanding science and how enlightened beings such as Buddah and Christ did what they did. Christ was manifested of love. The message is the salvation. But for those who like a little proof in their pudding, if they can wrap their minds around Quantum Mechanics, here’s a fun read: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/blog/2013/04/the-lord-of-quantum-mechanics-and-orthodox-teleportation/

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    • Galaxian

      Although Khufu’s pyramid required no quantum-mechanical phenomena, only the ability to feed several thousand laborers and keep them on task for 20 years. Remains of the construction ramp, which consisted of loose fill from the quarries near the pyramid’s base, were dumped back into the quarries afterward, where they were found today. For some reason, Western folks accustomed to use of heavy machinery can’t believe that ancient monuments were built by hand, or that ancient engineers possessed as much native intelligence as their modern counterparts even if they lacked modern materials such as steel.

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  5. noelleg44

    Now there’s something I did not know – that there are no writings denying the empty tomb. I figured the resurrection deniers had something on which to base their conclusion. I’ve always figured the resurrection is based on faith, since it is antithetical to rational thought, but in contrast to Lucy, I find it very hard to deny that a man named Jesus walked the earth a couple of millennia ago and had a profound effect on the history of the world.

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