“Every effort to account for the birth of the church apart from Jesus’s resurrection flies in the face of what we know about first-century history and culture. If you don’t short-circuit the process with philosophical bias against the possibility of miracle, the resurrection of Jesus has the most evidence for it.
The problem is, however, that people do short-circuit the investigation. Instead of doing the work of answering these very tough historical questions and then following the answers where they lead, they bail out with the objection that miracles are impossible.”
Timothy Keller. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Dutton Adult, 2008. 211.