The resurrection of Jesus is used in the gospel to show Christ’s victory over death salvation for people and as an assurance of eternal life to the believers. This paper features the theories of His resurrection by Strommen and Foster.
Strommen argues that Christians are considered fools for believing Christ did resurrect and He is alive (Strommen, 2018). To support his argument Strommen quoted Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians where the latter referred to those that follow the resurrected Christ as fools for Christ. He however believes that the risen Christ is a spirit that can take any form. In his argument Strommen quoted the interaction between Mary Magdalene and Jesus in the tomb, he uses this illustration to stress that Jesus will appear to people in other forms that are familiar to them and might not recognise Him as Jesus.
Foster feels that most preachers undermine the importance of the resurrection of Christ (Foster, 2009). He believes the resurrection of Jesus is the gospel. He argues that there is a lot to the resurrection than just an event that took place following the death of Christ. Foster quotes apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15: 1- 8 to stress how the latter reminded his congregation they built the church of Corinth under the gospel of the resurrection of Christ. Foster believes the resurrection of Christ was God’s major plan to save humanity and it did not take place to have the scriptures fulfilled. It is in that resurrection that the Christian faith is based; believing that Christ is alive and confessing He is the son of God (Foster, 2009).
Foster’s arguments were stronger compared to those of Strommen because he based all his subjects from biblical references to support each point. However Strommen based his arguments from his perception of life occurrences which might differ to different people and under different circumstances. I believe they both did quote Paul accordingly and he would support both arguments as quoted.
Foster, N. (2009) .What happened to the Resurrection, University of New Castle, Australia.
Strommen, J. (2018). Fools for Christ, Retrieved from