Bright Tuesday (2015)

Christ is risen!   Indeed He is risen!

The celebration of Pascha is indeed an act of faith. Yet it has its foundation in the material universe. Physicist John Polkinghorne reflects on the physical reality of the risen Christ. For those with a scientific bent, Polkinghorne offers a scientist’s take on the resurrection.

“If we regard human beings as psychosomatic unities, as I believe both the Bible and contemporary experience of the intimate connection between mind and brain encourage us to do, then the soul will have to be understood in an Aristotelian sense as the ‘form,’ or information-bearing pattern, of the body. Though this pattern is dissolved at death, it seems perfectly rational to believe that it will be remembered by God and reconstituted in a divine act of resurrection. The ‘matter’ of the world to come, which will be the carrier of this reembodiment, will be the transformed matter of the present universe, itself redeemed by God beyond its cosmic death. That resurrected universe is not a second attempt by the Creator to produce a world ex nihilo [out of nothing] but it is the transmutation of the present world in an act of new creation ex vetere [out of old]. God will then truly be ‘all in all’ (1 Cor 15:28) in a totally sacramental universe whose divine-infused ‘matter’ will be delivered from the transience and decay inherent in present physical process. Such mysterious and exciting beliefs depend for their motivation not only on the faithfulness of God, but also on Christ’s resurrection, understood as the seminal event from which the new creation grows, and indeed also on the detail of the empty tomb, with its implication that the Lord’s risen and glorified body is the transmutation of his dead body, just as the world to come will be the transformation of this present mortal world.”   (BELIEF IN GOD IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE, pp 22-23)

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2 thoughts on “Bright Tuesday (2015)

  1. Kyriacos

    Hi Father

    I was wondering if you could help me. In particular I am struggling with doubt regarding the saints and miracles could you point me to a link that discusses this area.
    thanks

    1. Fr. Ted

      I need a little more clarity about the nature of your questions or doubt. What is bothering you? To recommend a book I need to understand what it is you are thinking about or questioning. If you prefer, you can write to me off line at FrTed@stpdayton.org.

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