Does the resurrection make sense?

“Winston Churchill reportedly once said that democracy is the worst system of government, except for every other system of government.

Maybe at one level believing in the resurrection of one man’s body in history, and in the resurrection of all of our bodies in the future, is… well, nuts.

Maybe it’s the worst (= least likely, most counter-intuitive) of all the possible scenarios for the end of the world and the life of the world to come.

But maybe, just maybe, embedded within resurrection belief is a surprising power to account for some of our deepest intuitions as humans:

-that death is, in some strange sense, an enemy,

-that human life is, in some irreducible sense, bodily life;

-that someone really ought to call sin and evil to account;

-that this world is not the best of all possible worlds.

Maybe, having explored the other possibilities we sceptical people might come back to the hope of the resurrection because (to use CS Lewis’s language), like the sun, it sheds light on everything else.”

-Rory Shiner “Raised Forever”