Jesus's body was gone from its post-crucifixion resting place.
• Jesus's corpse was gone from the tomb.
• Critics never displayed the corpse.
• The first Christians were saying, “it's gone!”.
• The original “it's gone!” report wasn't a lie.
• People were saying, “He resurrected!”.
Shortly after Jesus’s crucifixion, a variety of different persons/groups began to testify that Jesus appeared to them alive from the dead.
• E.g. “He visited us!” says Mary & women.
• E.g. “He visited us!” says Cleopas & co.
• E.g. “He appeared to me!” says Peter.
• E.g. “He visited us!” say ‘the 12’ apostles.
• E.g. “He visited us!”say ‘The 500’.
• E.g. “He visited us!” say Acts 1 competitors.
• E.g. “He appeared to me!” says James.
• E.g. “He appeared to me!” says Paul.
• 1st church’s Jesus-bio matched witness testimony.
• The gospels Jesus-bio relayed witness testimony.
But so what? Plausibly…
• They were lying.
• They were fooled: by Jesus who faked his death.
• They were fooled: by a look-a-like impostor of Jesus.
• They were fooled: by hallucination(s) of Jesus.
• They were fooled: by aliens (e.g. a hologram).
And keep in mind…
• God would have Jesus appear to more than just the apostles.
Humans who die always naturally stay dead.
• We see an unbroken trend of humans staying dead.1
• Natural mass cell revival is wildly improbable (violating entropy).2
It is false that Jesus was exected by crucifixion on a Roman cross.
• …the crucified rarely die within three hours.
• …Jesus swooned on the cross.
• …Jesus was not crucified.
But no, see that page to also analyze these objections…
• ...Jesus was first scourged, nearly to death.
• ...crucifixion in general is fatal.
• ...the executioner judged Jesus dead.
• ...Jesus was speared in the side.
• ...contemporaries never doubted it.
• ...the buriers judged Jesus dead.
But so what?…
• …He would have still died inside the tomb.
Jesus was resurrected by aliens. This is relevant because if aliens raised Jesus, then he rose but his resurrection was natural; his resurrection was not a supernatural miracle wrought by God.
But no, see this page for 5 reasons to disagree, namely…
• …space-traveling aliens do not exist in the Universe.
• …space-traveling aliens would not know we exist.
• …aliens would have no desire to raise Jesus.
• …aliens would not have the technology to resurrect humans.
• …Jesus attributed the resurrection to God.
Jesus is not a real historical figure.
• …Jesus matches prior mythic deities.
• …Miracle-workers aren’t real historical figures.
• …1st century historians are silent on Jesus.
Theistic explanation is illegitimate; real potential explanations cannot feature God.
• “God-did-it” is just an appeal to ignorance-gaps.
• “God-did-it” is just an appeal to magic.
• Explanations don't compound the mystery.
• Explanations don't explain “too much”.
• Meaningful claims are verifiable (by senses).
• Meaningful claims are falsifiable/testable.
• Explanations cite effective mechanisms.
• Explanations are unificationist.
But no, God can theoretically feature in a real potential explanation…
• All agree: outlandish evidences for God could warrant theistic conclusions.
• Theism does best explain some facts.
• Theism can be rational.