If you missed it, most recently, Ben Shapiro interviewed Dr. William Lane Craig on his show. They discussed arguments for God’s existence as well as the value of religion in the current culture. At one point, Dr. Craig mentions the importance of the resurrection of Jesus and why it validates the teachings of Jesus. It is interesting that Shapiro seems to not find the resurrection very compelling. Shapiro mentions Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1951-1994), who was the leader of the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidim and was considered a modern-day tzaddik. Some of Schneerson’s followers thought and still think He is the Messiah and he will come back from the dead. Some in the Lubavitcher movement have even asserted Isaiah 53 can be used as a proof text that the Messiah will rise from the dead. Of course, this has led to great controversy. Embarrassed, many Orthodox Jews unanimously rejected any attempt to assert a resurrection proves a messianic figure is the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. What’s the point? The resurrection of a Jewish tzaddik (such as Jesus) is not foreign to Jewish thought. But Shapiro doesn’t see much value to the historical argument. He seems to be on the same page with Craig when it comes to natural theology arguments. Anyway, check it out for yourself. It is a good interview.