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Resurrection : theological and scientific assessments
Peters, Ted, 1941-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub., [2002]

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xvii, 326 pages ; 24 cm
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In this volume first-rate scientists and theologians from both sides of the Atlantic explore the Christian concept of bodily resurrection in light of the views of contemporary science.

Whether it be the Easter resurrection of Jesus or the promised new life of individual believers, the authors argue that resurrection must be conceived as embodied and that our bodies cannot exist apart from their worldly environment. Yet nothing in todays scientific disciplines supports the possibility of either bodily resurrection or the new creation of the universe at large. Cosmology, for example, only forecasts an end to the universe. If persons and the cosmos are to rise up anew in the eschaton, such an event will have to be a willful act of God. Thus, while modern science can offer aid in constructing models for picturing what resurrection of the body could mean, the warrant for this belief must come from distinctly theological resources such as divine revelation. Christian faith ultimately gains its strength not from,modern science but from Gods promises.

Bridging such disciplines as physics, biology, neuroscience, philosophy, biblical studies, and theology, "Resurrection" offers fascinating reading to anyone interested in this vital Christian belief or in the intersection of faith and scientific thought.

Ernst M. Conradie
Frank Crsemann
Brian E. Daley, S.J.
Hans-Joachim Eckstein
Dirk Evers
Noreen Herzfeld
Peter Lampe
Detlef B. Linke
Nancey Murphy
Bernd Oberdorfer
Ted Peters
John Polkinghorne
Robert John Russell
Jeffrey P. Schloss
Andreas Schuele
Gnter Thomas
Michael Welker

Author Notes

Ted Peters is professor of systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
Robert John Russell is founder and director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, California
Michael Welker is professor and chair of systematic theology at the Theological Faculty of the University of Heidelberg, Germany

Table of Contents

Ted PetersRobert John RussellMichael WelkerJohn PolkinghorneJeffrey P. SchlossFrank CrusemannPeter LampeHans-Joachim EcksteinJan AssmannBrian E. Daley, S.J.Bernd OberdorferDetlef B. LinkeNoreen HerzfeldNancey MurphyAndreas SchueleDirk EversGunter ThomasErnst M. ConradieTed Peters
Introduction: What Is to Comep. viii
Part I Resurrection and Eschatological Credibility
Bodily Resurrection, Eschatology, and Scientific Cosmologyp. 3
Theological Realism and Eschatological Symbol Systemsp. 31
Eschatological Credibility: Emergent and Teleological Processesp. 43
From Evolution to Eschatologyp. 56
Part II Bodily Resurrection and Personal Identity
Scripture and Resurrectionp. 89
Paul's Concept of a Spiritual Bodyp. 103
Bodily Resurrection in Lukep. 115
Resurrection in Ancient Egyptp. 124
A Hope for Worms: Early Christian Hopep. 136
Schleiermacher on Eschatology and Resurrectionp. 165
Part III Resurrection and the Laws of Nature
God Gives the Memory: Neuroscience and Resurrectionp. 185
Cybernetic Immortality versus Christian Resurrectionp. 192
The Resurrection Body and Personal Identity: Possibilities and Limits of Eschatological Knowledgep. 202
Transformed into the Image of Christ: Identity, Personality, and Resurrectionp. 219
Part IV Resurrection, New Creation, and Christian Hope
Memory in the Flow of Time and the Concept of Resurrectionp. 239
Resurrection to New Life: Pneumatological Implications of the Eschatological Transitionp. 255
Resurrection, Finitude, and Ecologyp. 277
Resurrection: The Conceptual Challengep. 297
Contributorsp. 322