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The German skeptic David Friedrich Strauss, who spent most of his life arguing against the fundamental truths of Christianity, famously discounted this theory in his book, The Life of Jesus for the People. He wrote: "To conceive of a man hanging on a Roman cross in a blistering sun for six hours, a spear put through his side, taken down from a cross and wrapped like a mummy, as was their custom, sealed into a tomb without air, that such a person could have found his way out this, rolled away a stone of more than a ton, fought his way past a Roman guard and appeared as a hero eight miles away to his disciples is more fantastic than the resurrection itself!"

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