Thursday, April 12, 2007

N.T. Wright on resurrection

Thanks to the The Christian Mind for linking to this article by N.T. Wright on resurrection:
The view that I came to is that the main thing the whole Old Testament is concerned with is the God of Israel, as the Creator God who has made a good creation, and that what matters about human life really is that it's meant to be lived within God's good, lovely, created world. That is equally emphatic in the early period, where you get agricultural festivals that celebrate Yahweh as king over the crops and the land. It's equally emphatic there and in the doctrine of resurrection. From that point of view, the idea of a disembodied, nonspacio-temporal life after death appears as a rather odd blip in between these two strong affirmations of the goodness of the created order and the wonderful God-givenness of human bodily life within that created order.

So, instead of resurrection being a step away from the early period, it is a way of reaffirming what the early period was trying to get at: the goodness of creation.
Once again, thought provoking stuff from Mr. Wright.


Blogger JP said...

Yes! That was good, what a gifted thinker.

2:23 PM, April 12, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you liked it, JP. Peace.

6:10 PM, April 12, 2007  

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