Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rethinking Heaven and Resurrection

This being the Easter season there is a quite a bit out there on the topic of death and afterlife. I thought I would post a few links today that you may find of interest.

Time Magazine this week has an article on how scholars and theologians are rethinking the Christian understanding of life after death. Rather than saying that when we die we go to heaven, they are beginning to realize that the promise of the New Testament is not heaven, but resurrection. Here is a link to the article. Unfortunately it is behind a pay wall. But it is well written and perhaps you could find a copy at your local dentist or in your neighbors recycle bin.

Over at Slate Larry Hurtado has a short article on How the Early Christians Understood Jesus' Resurrection.

Ken Schenk has been doing a series on the resurrection at his blog Quadrilateral Thoughts: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

Finally, here is a video posted earlier this week by Allen Bevere. It is a lecture by Tom Wright Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? In the lecture Wright covers various views on life after death in the ancient world and provides an apology for the resurrection.


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