CS151 Philosophy of History

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Philosophy of History (CS151) establishes a theory of history and then applies it to a historical investigation of the resurrection of Jesus. It provides an extensive and detailed consideration of the many issues related to historical investigation—including the uncertainty of historical knowledge, the influence of one’s worldview in historiography, the historian’s right to investigate miracle claims, burden of proof, and arguments to the best explanation. The course then walks through this strictly-controlled historical method to investigate the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. You’ll learn the relevant biblical and non-biblical sources which are identified and evaluated according to their historical reliability. Finally, the course weighs two prominent hypotheses that account for the historical bedrock according to the historical method set forth above. The bodily resurrection of Jesus is shown to be a near-certain historical probability, and thus, a solid basis for one’s faith in God—a faith that produces an eternal hope in the resurrection life.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

5m

Theory of History

Second-Guessing and the Challenge of History

Second-Guessing and the Challenge of History

9m

Method to History

Arguments to the Best Explanation

Arguments to the Best Explanation

7m

Miracles and the Historian

Defining Miracles

Defining Miracles

9m

Historical Sources and the Resurrection of Jesus

Relevant Sources

Relevant Sources

7m

Historical Bedrock Pertaining to Jesus’ Fate

Jesus’ Life and Death

Jesus’ Life and Death

9m

Weighing Hypotheses

Michael Goulder’s Hallucination Hypothesis

Michael Goulder’s Hallucination Hypothesis

8m

Conclusion

Summary of the Course

Summary of the Course

8m