So, I am taking a preaching class in school right now. One of the smaller assignments is to read some journal articles on preaching and write synopses of them. So, I got on the library database and found an article on "Easter Preaching" by David R. Buttrick in the journal Interpretation. I don't know anything about Buttrick or Interpretation, but I think, "Hey Easter's coming up. This should be interesting." I was disappointed. While the author correctly points out that the Easter audience will be wide and varied beyond a typical Sunday, and while he also states that resurrection is more than just a personal promise but also the restoration of all things in God's kingdom, he completely devalues and even denies the veracity of the gospel accounts, and his basis for this is the work of atheist New Testament scholar Gerd Lüdemann!
Lüdemann's work is just not good. His arguments are consistently beaten biblically and philosophically in debates and in writing by William Lane Craig. It just blows my mind that pastors would be entering their pulpits on Easter Sunday with a message of hope and life to come without the support of the truth of the physical, bodily resurrection of Christ. To quote Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:17-19:
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Our faith is built on facts. If we lose those facts, there is nothing left that is commendable about Christianity.