TMI. “Too much information.” This expression is used when someone tells you more about themselves than you wanted to know–about their relationships, for example, or their health.

I would argue that we have too much information about the Resurrection–which is why the various New Testament accounts disagree in many details: how many angels were at the tomb on Easter morning, whether Jesus in his spiritual form could be touched, etc.

Yet the fact that we have all this information does, I would argue, add to the credibility of the witnesses. For disagreements among witnesses about details of an experience are common. Court cases frequently have conflicting testimony about the simplest events.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was not a simple event. All the more reason to expect different stories from different witnesses. All the more reason to expect that the new life of Jesus will remain a cherished miracle beyond our grasp. —J. Douglas Ousley

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