Monday, May 19, 2008

Hijack of Heaven...

Great article by NT Wright in the New Statesman here. To whet your appetite...
"Wright argues that, over the centuries, the influence of Greek culture and philosophy, in particular the theory of Platonic dualism - that the body is imperfect and destined to decay, whereas the soul is superior and continues after death - led to the language of heaven being "hijacked". ... It is sort of assumed that heaven is a disembodied state where immortal souls go to live, and then it becomes very difficult for the word resurrection to be anything other than a rather flowery metaphor for that state. But the whole point is that is what the Bible in the first three or four Christian centuries took for granted. We need to recapture that."
Thanks Matt (if you still pop in here) - you were right I did enjoy!

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