Reading Time: 4 minutes The death and resurrection of Jesus are critical to the Christian faith. It’s not hard to believe Jesus died, after all, death is the intended result of crucifixion. But it is harder to believe in Jesus’ resurrection. People don’t usually come back to life. But does this mean it didn’t occur? People have come up with theories to explain away the resurrection of Jesus. How can you be sure the resurrection of Jesus was a historical event? I asked some of Christianity’s leading thinkers why they were certain. Here’s what they said.