The Bible speaks about the men of the tribe of Issachar “who had understanding of the times” (1 Chronicles 12:32). This theologian seems to have no understanding of Bible times or his own. It was not the case that the disciples believed in the resurrection because they weren’t scientific. People back then believed the same as we do, dead men don’t rise. In fact, they were so convinced on that point they believed that nothing less than a divine miracle could bring about a resurrection, and if someone rose from the dead then it was a proof that God acted. Science has nothing to do with this. Science tells us what happens when nature is left to take its course. The people back then would agree with people now – when nature is left to take its course, dead people stay dead. That is why, when a man who was dead didn’t stay dead, they realised God had raised Him.
Neither does he have understanding of his own times. The idea that the resurrection from the dead is something that makes Christianity irrelevant is ridiculous. It is one of the things that makes Christianity so relevant. It provides the answer to the universal problem of death. Out of all the billions who have lived and are dead, there is one unique person who has died and is alive. Is that not pretty relevant? It proves He is who He claimed to be – the Son of God (Romans 1:4), and that He did what He said He’d do – pay the penalty for sin (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). It is the pledge that all who have bowed to Him as Lord and trusted Him as Saviour will share in the victory and glory of His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The relevance of this is not local and temporal, but universal and eternal.
We could stop talking about the resurrection, and maybe some people will think we are relevant, and they will listen to us, but it will be an irrelevant relevance because we would have nothing to say. The most relevant message we can bring to a dying world is “Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18).