Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Saturday, April 19, 2003  

"...does it really make any difference to faith whether the resurrection was physical or not?

"I'd say the language about it in the New Testament is neither scientific nor philosophical, but religious - a poetic narrative about the hardiness and indestructibility of Christ's self-giving love."


"If it was just his spirit that lived on beyond the grave, we'd be able to reduce Christianity just to saving souls for Heaven. There's an inextricable link between the physical resurrection and social justice. The bodily resurrection shows God's commitment to the material world as well as the spiritual - both have a place in his purposes."

- From an email exchange between Canon Brian Mountford, Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, and Rt Revd James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool in today's UK Guardian.

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