The resurrection and the nature of evidence

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While my blog is not usually about comparing religious texts to legal issues, I’d like to continue this Easter week to explore how the resurrection stories touch upon the nature of evidence in a court proceeding. Specifically looking at the Gospel of John, in describing Mary Magdalene as she goes to the tomb, John portrays her as a witness that the stone has been removed from the tomb. She immediately rushes to a prejudicial conclusion based on the evidence before her: someone must have taken the body.

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The trial of Jesus vs. the American system

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“What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime” Luke 23:22

Constitutional rights in criminal cases are something that can be easily taken for granted in our 24/7 TMZ world. Often people complain that defendants get off on a technicality, and they wonder how criminal defense attorneys can even sleep at night, or go to church on Sunday. So I’d like to take this week before Easter Sunday to compare the modern system to the trial of Jesus, as it is presented in the Gospel narratives.

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