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In this new work of apologetics, Joshua Pagán (MDiv and PhD) responds to a variety of academic challenges to the reliability of his testimony, and uses the tools of history and philosophy to explain and defend Paul’s conviction that Christ did “in fact” rise from the dead (1 Cor. 15:20).

In this excerpt, Dr. Pagán explores questions like, "Why Paul?" and "Was Paul Deceptive, Deluded, Developed, or Dependable?"

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Introduction to Paul & The Resurrection

This 18-page introduction excerpt from Joshua Pagán's new book gives insight into the historical accuracy of Paul’s belief in a risen Christ.

Joshua Pagán is the founder of The Institute for Intellectual Formation & Skeptical Inquiry and an adjunct professor of graduate studies at Concordia Theological Seminary (both in Fort Wayne, IN). His published work can also be found in Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to Modern Objections (2014). Prior to his current profession, Pagán served as a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces (1995-2000).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, JOSHUA PAGÁN (MDIV AND PHD) 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Introduction

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Part One: Selection of Historical Data

1

Part Two: Presuppositions of Method 

5

Part Three: Comparative Evaluation

35

Hypothesis I: Deception

35

Summary

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Hypothesis II: Delusion

44

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Hypothesis III: Development

Hypothesis IV: Dependability

68

"Paul's place in the founding of the church and propagation of its message can hardly be overestimated."