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    Frank MORISON(Author)

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  • By Lady Di on July 23, 2010

    I found this book interesting--not riveting--but interesting, until I got to the final chapter. That's when Mr. Morrison made a fatal mistake. After spending 13 chapters and 170 pages fleshing out his logical, but not always substantiated, views on the Gospel accounts of the resurrection, he showed what he really thought in Chapter 14. Regarding the Gospel of Mark, Mr. Morrison stated that "Thus the young man at the grave, who really was a young man in the original story, became in course of time the great angel of Matthew, and the two mighty and dazzling celestial visitants of Luke." This indicates that Mr. Morrison feels that only Mark is true and accurate--the resurrection accounts by Matthew and Luke are embellished legends that spun off from Mark. This is not Biblical and does not display belief that the entire Bible is God-inspired. For those who profess belief in the inerrancy of the Bible, this book is not for you. Stick with "More Than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell or "The Case for ..." series of books by Lee Strobel.

  • By Puzzle.buff on November 14, 2015

    This book is supposed to be a classic and was recommended by other authors I enjoy so I was really looking forward to a good read that would strengthen my faith. I must warn believers who rightly believe that "all scripture is by inspiration of God". That is not what Frank Morison believes! He purposely creates controversies and contradictions between the Gospels so that he will have to explain them to you with questionable logic. The problem is, the contraditions are not there if the Bible is read correctly. I was shocked as I read this book and Mr. Morison picked and chose between the gospels, taking out verses from one gospel and then another and then mashing them together in ways that simply did not fit. He tries to explain away why one gospel is more accurate than the other and why he chose this verse in John over that verse in Matthew. . . If you don't believe me, I'll give you an example. One example is the angel that Mary Magdalene and the other women saw in the tomb of Jesus. Mr. Morison totally ignores what Matthew said about this incident in Matthew 28 when Matthew stated clearly that this was an angel. Mr Morison states without apology that Matthew didn't write his gospel til after John and had probably just built the incident up in his mind because of rumors he heard about the story! Excuse me? Mr. Morison instead goes strictly by John (incidently making it seem as though the two gospels are incompatible and you have to chose one or the other. This isn't true, John just didn't chose to go into as much detail about this event in his gospel as did Matthew). Because he decides to believe Matthew was apparently irrational when he wrote this part of his gospel, Mr. Morison claims that this "person" the women saw was actually one of the priests! How did he come to this crazy conclusion? Not from the Bible, no! He chose instead to use the Gospel of the Hebrews as his reliable source! THE GOSPEL OF THE HEBREWS! Not the Hebrews from the Scripture but a Gospel that never made it into the Bible because of it's unreliability - a gospel written by a group of Christians who warped the Gospel of Matthew to fit in with their own beliefs of veganism and that James was at the Last Supper . . . This book is so misleading. And another example, Matthew clearly states in Chapter 28 of his gospel that it was an angel who rolled away the stone from Jesus' tomb. Frank Morison again discounts Matthew and, again, goes by the Gospel of the Hebrews to claim that it was the priests that rolled away the stone. If you believe in the infallibility of Scripture, stay away from this book. If nothing else, I got a good laugh from it though secretly I wanted to cry, thinking of the people this author mislead by his preposterous speculations.

  • By David B on July 13, 2011

    In this age of skepticism, this book is more needed than ever. It has been a blessing to my own life, and has been an important part of the spiritual journey of others -- including Lee Strobel, who wrote a foreword to the edition that I just purchased. (I have a decades-old copy whose binding came unglued -- hence this purchase, and a resulting invitation from Amazon to write this review.) The author examines the events of the few days prior to and following Christ's crucifixion -- including what the Jewish authorities must have been thinking at the time, what Jesus friends and disciples were doing, and seven alternate explanations that skeptics have offered as to what happened to Jesus' body on that first Easter morning. Some sound plausible at first, but -- one by one -- we see that each theory has its own problems. Initially an unbeliever and intending to write an entirely different book, the author came to believe that Christ did indeed rise from the grave as he studied the New Testament accounts of this period. "Who Moved the Stone?" is a fitting title to the book he finally did write. In it we see clearly what was the "crime" for which Jesus was executed: it was for saying that He was the son of God. If He were not the son of God, it would indeed have been blasphemy -- a crime punishable by death under the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:15). We are given insight into what the Jewish authorities must have been thinking before Jesus' arrest. They may have wondered whether Jesus was "arrestable", since they had tried it before unsuccessfully. They intended to try again after the feast days, but acted suddenly instead when given inside information by Judas that Jesus was expecting to be arrested and crucified, and that He would not be offering resistance. Only then did the authorities act. What they heard from witnesses during Jesus' various "trials" was insufficient for a conviction, but they did hear one consistent theme -- something about "in three days". That got their attention, and we know that they set a guard at the tomb for fear that someone would steal the body and claim that there was a resurrection. Of course, they did afterward claim that Jesus' disciples stole the body. Morrison says "Whatever the explanation of these extraordinary events may be, we may be certain it was not that". Morrison then deals with each of six other theories. I was asked to substitute-teach in an adult Sunday School class recently, and chose to review the resurrection of Christ. I used this book as the outline for the lesson. I think it would make a good subject for high school kids to study before they go off to college and listen to professors attack their faith. In this age, we all need to review the strong foundation on which our faith is built, and none is more important that Christ's resurrection. This book provides a good outline for such a study, and I highly recommend it. (While we're at it, we could also study the 40+ prophecies about Christ's crucifixion and resurrection that are specifically pointed out to us by the gospel writers. Jesus said to the yet-to-believe disciples on the Emmaus road: "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" Other writers have examined the question of how likely is it that these prophecies could have been fulfilled by accident. The answer is that the odds against it are astronomical. God had to have been the One to give those prophecies hundreds of years in advance, and to bring about their fulfillment in Jesus' birth, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. When Jesus said "It is finished", I believe He was including --along with the sacrifice of Himself for our salvation -- a long list of fulfilled promises.) "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!"

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