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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday at the Cinema: Christianity Stands or Falls on the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus
I want to be very clear. To make the claim that Jesus was raised bodily does not mean that Jesus was simply resuscitated back to his pre-crucifixion existence. Rather, it is to claim that Jesus' resurrection to new life must have also involved his body; for God intends to redeem every aspect of creation, including our physical existence. Jesus was not resuscitated; he was resurrected. If God is going to bring a new creation, new life must reflect that new creation. The tomb was empty because what happened to Jesus on that first Easter Sunday involved, in some miraculous way, his flesh and bones and blood and sinews. The resurrected Jesus was, in the the words of Tom Wright, "a transformed physicality." If the early church's proclamation of resurrection did not involve Jesus' body, than the universe will continue to expand and decay only to collapse in on itself in billions of years; and the only hope we have for eternity is a disembodied Platonic existence for which the gospel is unnecessary.