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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212460.001.0001

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The Original Revelation

The Original Revelation

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(p.135) 7 The Original Revelation
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Revelation
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212460.003.0008

The original Christian revelation was the teaching of Jesus about the broad outlines of which we can obtain moderately accurate information from the New Testament, treated as an ordinary historical document. This evidence indicates that he taught that he was divine and made atonement for our sins, and gave teachings about morality and the nature and plans of God. All of this teaching is intrinsically plausible. There is good historical evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus, and that shows that God has authenticated the teaching of Jesus and the church that he founded. This evidence is far better evidence for the truth of the Christian revelation than is any evidence that Jesus ‘fulfilled’ Old Testament prophecies, or the supposed ‘self-evidence’ of the Bible.

Keywords:   Jesus, the Bible, the Church, the Resurrection

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