How do we really know Jesus Christ rose from the dead?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Feb 02, 2019

In the first of a potential series answering key questions about Catholic faith and life, CatholicCulture.org founder Jeff Mirus examines the Resurrection of Christ.

The twenty-minute video is supplemented by the written resources below, which treat this question in greater depth.

We have a lot to learn about doing good video, but your feedback on this potential series will be very valuable!

If you wish to listen to the audio only, go to the audio track.


Next in series: How do we really know Jesus Christ founded a specific Church?

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Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Feb. 11, 2019 11:42 PM ET USA

    The Resurrection is, for most of us, a conclusion drawn on inference, reasonableness & trust. When one studies the evidence what is the most reasonable conclusion we can draw? Can one trust the source, presenter's authority, and accuracy of the information? Summing it all together we infer Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead. Only the Resurrection corresponds to the data. Still a matter of faith. Also what we now know re Shroud of Turin cannot be ignored on this topic.

  • Posted by: Pointmaster1386 - Feb. 07, 2019 11:05 AM ET USA

    John's Baptism: The treatment and approach of the presentation seems correct, perhaps what is missing is to answer the question on the self. "Do I believe it or not? The parallel to this intricate question draws the heart and the mind to the time the Pharisees asked our Lord the question, by what authority you do these things. The Lord's response addresses not just an intricate answer, but a much deeper answer to a simple teaching. Simple possessions!

  • Posted by: winnie - Feb. 06, 2019 7:01 PM ET USA

    I prefer your straightforward presentation to that of Catholic media evangelists whose personalities overwhelm their message. I learned a lot. Pease do more How Do We Know videos.

  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Feb. 06, 2019 6:11 PM ET USA

    Jeff, glad to see you doing this! Haven't watched yet but from the comments anticipate this to be very good. Not to suggest taking anything away from your presentation, you may also want to reference Fr. Spitzer's resources on the same topic at the Magis Center. https://www.magiscenter.com/historical-evidence-of-jesus-resurrection/ Additional good resources to aid understanding. Suggestion made in the spirit of giving others additional resources on the reality of the Resurrection. Thanks!

  • Posted by: fatheratchley - Feb. 06, 2019 4:19 PM ET USA

    It was worth a minimal donation to ask this question, one which clarifies what it means that people won't suffer or die for belief in a symbol or a lie, or something "they know to be true." I can't tease out what this insight means either. I watched you struggle to make sense of this. What about those who die for false beliefs? I'm aware of sub specie bono, etc. Believers and non-believers both die for what they believe. How does this help us know that Jesus rose from the dead?

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Feb. 06, 2019 8:17 AM ET USA

    I want to add this to an earlier comment: I hope you do many more of these "How do we know?" videos.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Feb. 06, 2019 8:12 AM ET USA

    This is an impressive video. I find it intelligent, clear, and significant in my ongoing movement toward an ever stronger faith.

  • Posted by: mary_conces3421 - Feb. 05, 2019 8:55 PM ET USA

    Very lucid. It’s also great to see what you look and sound like. Personally, I like the “bare-bones” approach—the content speaks for itself. Perhaps you would feel less self-conscious talking with 1or 2 others? Other profs.? Young people?