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J. Warner Wallace responds to a common objection to the Resurrection of Jesus: The disciples of Jesus lied about the resurrection. Is it reasonable to believe that the disciples conspired to invent the story of the resurrection? J. Warner examines five attributes of successful conspiracies to see if any of these characteristics were present for the disciples.
Don’t get me wrong, successful conspiracies occur every day. But if you think you know of one, it’s because it wasn’t successful. When conspiracies are successful, it’s because they involve a small number of incredibly close-knit participants who are in constant communication with one another for a very short period without any outside pressure. That wasn’t the case for the disciples.
1. Why do you think this claim (that the disciples lied about the Resurrection) is the most popular objection of skeptics?
2. Why do you think conspiracy schemes are so popular in our culture?
3. List the five attributes of successful conspiracies:
4. Which of these attributes do you think would have been the greatest obstacle for the disciples of Jesus?
5. Have you ever heard someone in your life make this skeptical claim? Briefly summarize what you might now say to someone who thinks the disciples lied about the Resurrection:
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