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(Startling) Barna Research:

39% of the general American population expressly denies the Resurrection

34% of those who describe themselves as Evangelical, Born Again Christians ALSO deny the Resurrection.

From the White Horse Inn:

Etched in my memory from childhood are those lines from a familiar Easter hymn in Evangelical circles He Lives. “You ask me how I know he lives, he lives within my heart.” In spite of the warmth that such sentiment offers, it hardly fits the bill that is sketched out by the Apostle Peter when he said, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

In a recent informal survey of Evangelical Christians nearly everyone agreed with the statement “It is more important for me to give my personal testimony than to explain the doctrines and claims of Christianity.” That is remarkable, especially given the fact that not even the eye-witnesses of Christ’s saving acts gave much attention in the New Testament to their own experience and feelings. “What Jesus means to me”, or “how Jesus changed my life” are simply not notable headlines on their accounts when they have so much to say about what Jesus said and did. The testimony that concerns Biblical Christians is that of eye-witnesses who observed events upon which we cast our hope for eternal life. “That which was from the beginning,” says John in First John 1:1, “which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled concerning the Word of Life.”

Additional resources and podcast of this discussion

“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,
yet with gentleness and reverence.”
1Peter 3:15

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