The scandal of particularity, Part II

Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp

in The Predicament of Belief

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695270
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731945 | DOI:
The scandal of particularity, Part II

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Although the previous chapter introduced a participatory theory of Jesus’ resurrection, which affirms that something really happened after Jesus death, it stops short of claiming that Jesus uniquely embodied the grace and compassion of God. This chapter explores the various accounts of the resurrection appearances, for example the claims that Jesus ascended bodily into heaven, that Jesus was personally but not physically present after his death, and that the disciples were deluded in thinking that Jesus was still present. The strongest view in the end is a Spirit-centered theory of Jesus’ resurrection, which affirms both Jesus’ personal resurrection and the emergence of the Spirit of Christ while distinguishing between them in certain respects. The result is a Spirit-centered or “pneumatological” version of the participatory theory. It is possible to speak of the ongoing reality and authority of Jesus’ self-surrendering obedience to God without falling back into the snares of the problem of evil.

Keywords: Jesus; resurrection; appearances; participatory theory; Spirit; God; obedience; pneumatology; immortality

Chapter.  7410 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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