Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Can We Believe in the Resurrection?

In an essay posted on ABC's Religion and Ethics website, Biblical scholar, historian, and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright responds to the question, "Can we believe in the resurrection?" The header of the posted essay gives a feel for where Bishop Wright is heading:

The Christian claim from the beginning was that the question of Jesus' resurrection was a question, not of the internal mental and spiritual states of his followers a few days after his crucifixion, but about something that had happened in the real, public world.

In this essay, Bishop Wright offers a succinct summary of an argument he lays out in much more painstaking detail in his 740+ page book The Resurrection of the Son of God. Topics covered include:

  • What did "resurrection" mean in first-century usage?
  • The surprising character of early Christian hope.
  • The stories of Easter.
  • Easter and history.
  • What love believes.

Read it all.

Bishop Wright's work on the resurrection has had a profound impact on my understanding of what lies at the heart of the Christian faith. And for that, I am deeply grateful.

1 comment:

The Underground Pewster said...

Thanks for the link. I don't think I need the 740+ page version.