Over the next two podcast episodes, Dr. Calum Miller and I discuss the Prior Probability of the Resurrection. “What the heck is that?” you might be asking yourself. Skeptical arguments against the resurrection of Jesus, for example, the objection that dead people usually stay dead or that miracles never happen, are really arguments that Jesus’ resurrection is supremely unlikely before we look at any of the evidence. Episodes 18 and 19 take these objections to task. Is Jesus’ Resurrection all that unlikely before we look at any evidence?
Dr. Calum Miller
Dr. Calum Miller is a medical doctor, philosopher, and ethicist, currently based in Oxford.
He graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015 with degrees in Medical Sciences (Neuroscience) and Medicine & Surgery. He then worked for 2 years as a doctor in Tameside Hospital, Manchester, while pursuing a part-time degree in Biblical Studies at the University of Manchester. He currently teaches Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Oxford.
He’s published articles in top journals such as Bioethics, Religious Studies, and Philosophia. He has also taken part in debates, given over 20 conference talks internationally, and written for The Telegraph, The Huffington Post, and The Spectator.
Visit his website here.
As mentioned above, the objection that dead people usually stay dead or that miracles never happen, are really arguments that Jesus’ resurrection is supremely unlikely before we look at any of the evidence. What’s often assumed is that there’s not enough evidence to overcome this initial improbability. That assumption itself can be challenged, and in fact we have plans to challenge it, but today we’re asking, hold on a second, is it actually true that, before we look at the evidence, Jesus’ resurrection is super unlikely?
Links mentioned during the show:
- Dr. Miller’s two appearances on Unbelievable
- Dr. Miller’s lecture on probability theory (all of the lectures in this playlist are amazing)
- Dr. Miller’s debates with Greg Cavin: Did Jesus rise from the dead? & Resurrection: Fact or Fiction
People involved in creating this episode:
- Cameron Bertuzzi – Producer, Host
- Sawyer Hudson – Co-producer, Sound Editor
- Dr. Calum Miller – Guest
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