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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 10. September 20th, 1949

The Second Answer

The Second Answer

Any reader of C. S. Lewis's book "Miracles" knows the importance of miracles to the proof of the Christian tradition. To disprove those miracles the New Testament must be proved unhistorical. Even Harnack admits its veracity and historicity.

How can those miracles, as far above man's natural powers in 1949 as then, be explained except by saying that Christ was the supernatural being able to suspend those laws of nature which govern human and material activity? Most evidentiary of His Divinity in spite of Dr. Barnes is His resurrection. [?]

1. Christ did die. The disciples, Jews and Romans were certain that He did. It was physically impossible for Him to live after being scourged and crucified. Had He not died but crawled from the tomb, would the impression on His disciples have been so great?

2. Christ then rose from the dead as a fact., He appeared suddenly and perfectly restored. So great was the impression on St. Paul, for example, that he mentions this miracle alone 21 times in his epistles. The evidence for this most profound miracle of them all is strong enough to convict any man if evidence of such a strength was used in a court of law.