Who Moved The Stone

Who Moved The Stone

This book, first published in 1930 was written by a Lawyer, Frank Morison, who set out to write a very different book.

This book examines the evidence for the central event of the Christian faith, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Frank Morison set out to disprove Christianity but was himself converted, ironically for a lawyer, by the weight of evidence in favour of Christianity and especially the resurrection.

Frank Morison brings a Lawyers skill and forensic analysis to the events of Holy Week commencing from the time that Jesus left the Upper Room and went up to the Garden of Gethsemene with his disciples to Ressurection Morning when it was discovered that Jesus had risen from the dead.

The resurrection is not merely an oddity of the Gospel story it is absolutely central to our Christian Faith. Paul first recognised this when he wrote 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 which is the main NT scripture and doctrine and highly recommended reading on this subject. Paul says this, "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance (thats about as important as you can possibly get - first importance) : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve".

Why is the resurrection so fundamentally important to every Christian who ever lived? Well Paul puts it very bluntly in   1 Cor 15v13-14, "If there is no resurrection of the dead then not even Christ has been raised (with all that would imply about the power of Christ and His Father). And if Christ has not been raised , our preaching is useless and so is your faith".

It was that last statement that Morison thought he was going to prove - that Christ has not been raised. As he began his systemmatic forensic analysis he came to some very different and startling conclusions. He describes his change of mind in this way..."it was as though a man set out to cross a forest by a familiar and well-beaten track and came out suddenly where he did not expect to come out. The point of entry was the same; it was the point of emergence that was different.

His arguments and his analysis are brilliant. You will not be disappointed. I'ved had this book for more than forty years and I'm so glad I re-discovered it in my loft.

The book was originally published by Faber and Faber but is still available from Amazon at £7.99 (or less if second hand) and is now published by Cross Reach Publications.

StanH


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