OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
“So, in some sense, we are talking about two different things. You are talking about some pristine historical fact and how it relates to your beliefs—whether it renders them true or false. I am talking about how your beliefs concretely shape your actions now, in the present.”
We are, indeed, trying to make different points. We can debate the point on whether it matters or doesn’t matter whether He really rose from the dead (in fact that is being done in a different segment on the resurrection). But outside of that debate, would you be willing to directly answer my question without addressing the ramifications of the question on philosophical or spiritual beliefs?
Is it true that in space and time we call history that Christ either actually did rise from the dead or He did not rise from the dead?
I am not asking which you believe but am rather asking whether one or the other must be historically accurate without the possibility that they can both be historically accurate.