The Loftus DelusionJohn W. Loftus on Michael Licona (pt 1):
When it comes to the evidence that Jesus rose up from the dead consider what we don't have, but would like to, things that Michael Licona admits in this book......
Loftus needs a history lesson.
In the year 200 AD, the Christian lawyer Tertullian, who was privy to the Roman archives, wrote a letter to the Roman Senate defending Christianity. An excerpt from the letter:
"But the Jews were so exasperated by His teaching, by which their rulers and chiefs were convicted of the truth, chiefly because so many turned aside to Him, that at last they brought Him before Pontius Pilate, at that time Roman governor of Syria; and, by the violence of their outcries against Him, extorted a sentence giving Him up to them to be crucified. He Himself had predicted this; which, however, would have signified little had not the prophets of old done it as well. And yet, nailed upon the cross, He exhibited many notable signs, by which His death was distinguished from all others. At His own free-will, He with a word dismissed from Him His spirit, anticipating the executioners work. In the same hour, too, the light of the day was withdrawn, when the sun at the very time was in his meridian blaze. Those who were not aware that this had been predicted about Christ, no doubt thought it an eclipse. YOU YOURSELVES HAVE THE ACCOUNT OF THE WORLD-PORTENT STILL IN YOUR ARCHIVES."
Tertullian, Apologeticus. XXI.19