Dear Marcus Borg: Please Reconsider the Resurrection
It’s a fascinating discussion, and I don’t know that I agree (or completely understand – my fault, not Tony’s) with Jones’ position but I really do like these three bits:
First he admits that:
I don’t insist, I believe. I think Jesus actually came back from the dead, and I believe it to be so. But I surely don’t insist that is the case, and I entertain the possibility that it may not have been.
Second, he writes:
My point is this: Since the prominence of the Jesus Seminar in the 1980s and 1990s, most Western Christians have been well aware of the option Borg presents: you can be a Christian and reject the majority belief in the physical resurrection. And the vast majority of Christians have not embraced that position. Call us fideists or naive, but this idea simply has not captured the imagination of very many Christians. And I listen to that evidence, like a judge listens to a jury. The verdict is in: Jesus rose from the dead.
Which seems to contradict the first bit because that sounds a lot to me like insisting rather than just believing.
But then thirdly, he admits that the relationship between his statements is “tricky.”
How this happened, especially holding a weak metaphysic, as I do, is tricky. I’m working that out, and I’ll continue to this week on QTH. And I don’t want to dichotomize between spiritual and physical resurrection — that’s why I tend to refer to it as a “material” resurrection. A materialist Christianity recognizes that what we experience as the “laws of physics” are actually a lot more plastic than previously assumed. In fact, I think that as quantum theory develops, a materialist resurrection will seem more and more compelling.
And what I love and appreciate about this move is that Jones is being himself in and open and honest way. He states plainly what he believes, seems to contradicts himself, and then admits that perhaps his belief system isn’t airtight.
Stated more plainly, I love the lack of pretense and posturing. I love that this is a dialogue between two really bright people and that both are engaging one another honestly.
I’d love to see more of this in Christianity and in the world.
Image source and article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tonyjones/2013/10/09/dear-marcus-borg-please-reconsider-the-resurrection/
Jones’ post that started this tussle: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tonyjones/2013/10/04/no-the-writers-of-the-bible-did-not-expect-it-to-be-taken-literally-questions-that-haunt/
And Borg’s response: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/marcusborg/2013/10/response-to-tony-jones-about-the-resurrection/