‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus

Stephen T. Davis

in The Resurrection

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269854
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600517 | DOI:
 ‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus

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If you grant that Jesus was genuinely raised from the dead and that the witnesses to the Resurrection saw him, the question still remains what sort of ‘seeing’ this is. Some say that it was ‘grace‐assisted seeing’, i.e. that the witnesses saw the raised Jesus only because God, by a special grace, allowed them to do so. I argue against this position in the present paper and in favour of the theory that the witnesses saw Jesus in a normal or fairly normal sense of the word ‘see’. What they saw (Jesus’ raised body) was a physical object, and their perceptual senses were working in a normal way.

Keywords: Davis; grace; normal; perceptual senses; physical object; seeing

Chapter.  9706 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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