Thursday, March 20, 2008

On Resurrection

I love this piece in Slate this morning. The article explores the significance of the fact that Jesus' actual body rose from the dead-- not just his spirit, but his real fleshy body. Some highlights:

"The ancient Jewish and early Christian idea of personal resurrection represented a new emphasis on individuals and the importance of embodied existence beyond the mere survival or enhancement of the soul, although there was debate about the precise nature of the post-resurrection body."

"Historically, then, how Christians have understood Jesus' "resurrection" says a lot about how they have understood themselves, whether they have a holistic view of the human person, whether they see bodily existence as trivial or crucial, and how they imagine full salvation to be manifested."

So, this morning I'm taking a few moments to think about resurrection and bodies.

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