Monday 5 December 2005

John Dominic Crossan: the resurrection

“Christian faith itself was the experience of Jesus’ continued empowering presence.... It was the continued presence of absolutely the same Jesus in an absolutely different mode of existence.”

—John Dominic Crossan, Who Killed Jesus? (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995), p. 210.


Anonymous said...

Ok by itself but is it really necessary to go to Crossan for quotes? Tons of better places to go surely when talking about the Resurrection

Ben Myers said...

Hi Martin. Yes, as you say there are plenty of better places to go for information about the resurrection. But in spite of his faults, I still enjoy reading Crossan, and I think this particular quote sums up nicely the essential meaning of "resurrection", i.e., the dialectic between discontinuity and continuity.

In his De doctrina christiana (2.40.60), Augustine says that we should accept truth wherever we can find it, even if it happens to be from dubious sources -- just as the Israelites took the gold and silver from the Egyptians!

Still, I do understand your concern, and I hope some time this month I'll be able to post some detailed comments on the resurrection, in response to the recent collection of articles in JSHJ.

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