After school, as I was driving my two children and a neighborhood kid home, this conversation took place...completely out of the blue.
Mark, the neighborhood kid, to me: "Did Jesus really die and get raised up again after three days?"
Mark: "I know what happened to Jesus....he was nailed to a cross and hit with ropes."
Me: "Uh huh"
Mark: "Where's Jesus now?"
Me:"In Heaven....with God."
Mark: "Who is God? Where is Heaven?"
Me: "Well.....God isn't a person like you and I are persons. SO...I'm not exactly sure where Heaven is."
The Rationalist: "Jesus isn't with God...Jesus is God."
Mark: "No..no....no! Jesus was God's Son!"
The Intuitive: "No. Jesus was Mary and Joseph's son."
The Rationalist: "No...you see God took a part of himself and made it into a baby...baby Jesus. God made Jesus."
Mark: ".....yeah, but did Jesus really get back alive?"
I was laughing on the inside during this whole conversation. I read the exact same arguments on multiple biblio-blogs written by men in their forties who are in essence having the same conversation, albeit with a much more expanded vocabulary.