So far in my time at Princeton Theological Seminary, I have found the majority of people I have talked to so far affirm that the physical reality of Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection is an essential component of their Christian faith. As a scientist, the physical reality of the resurrection is a miracle that is difficult to reconcile with what I know about what modern biology teaches us about human life. Within the Anglican tradition, there are a diverse variety of positions on this topic. For some scientist-theologians such as John Polkinghorne this is a theological and not a scientific issue. For Bishop Spong, the physical resurrection may be a myth that evolved during the course of the development of the Christian faith. For others such as N.T. Wright, the physical reality of the bodily resurrection may be an important part of the Christian faith as it is reported in the scriptures. I have found a couple references that may help to discern the truth about this complex theological and scientific topic:
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