The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis
—With a Rejoinder to Stephen T. Davis


Robert Greg Cavin

Cavin has a BA in Religion from the University of Southern California, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. He was a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Cypress College from 1996 until his retirement from teaching in 2018.


Carlos A. Colombetti

Colombetti received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine in 1992 and was a Lecturer at Stanford University from 1992 to 1995. He currently resides in San Francisco and is Professor of Philosophy at Skyline College.

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Article Information:

Authors: Robert Greg Cavin, Carlos A. Colombetti

Title: "The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis—With a Rejoinder to Stephen T. Davis"

Journal: Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry

Journal Issue: Volume 2, Number 1

Date: Spring 2020

Pages: 37-94

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no1.04

Abstract

We respond to Stephen T. Davis’ criticism of our earlier essay, “Assessing the Resurrection Hypothesis.” We argue that the Standard Model of physics is relevant and decisive in establishing the implausibility and low explanatory power of the Resurrection hypothesis. We also argue that the laws of physics have entailments regarding God and the supernatural and, against Alvin Plantinga, that these same laws lack the proviso “no agent supernaturally interferes.” Finally, we offer Bayesian arguments for the Legend hypothesis and against the Resurrection hypothesis.


 

Keywords: Resurrection hypothesis, Legend hypothesis, Inference to the Best Explanation, Criteria of Adequacy, Explanatory Power, Explanatory Scope, Jesus, Christianity, Standard Model, Apologetics, William Lane Craig, Stephen T. Davis, Alvin Plantinga

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(footnote) Robert Greg Cavin and Carlos A. Colombetti, “The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis—With a Rejoinder to Stephen T. Davis,” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 2, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 37‒94, https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no1.04.

(bibliography) Cavin, Robert Greg, and Carlos A. Colombetti. “The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis—With a Rejoinder to Stephen T. Davis.” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 2, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 37‒94. https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no1.04.

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Cavin, Robert Greg, and Carlos A. Colombetti. “The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis—With a Rejoinder to Stephen T. Davis.” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring 2020, doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no1.04, pp. 37‒94.

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Cavin, R. G., & Colombetti, C. A. (2020). The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis—With a Rejoinder to Stephen T. Davis. Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry, 2(1), 37-94. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2020.vol2.no1.04.

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