Earthly Passions and Celestial Parts

“How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?” In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul dismissed skeptics of the bodily resurrection as fools, but the topic remained thorny among Christians for centuries. What was the difference between what Paul termed “celestial bodies” and “bodies terrestrial?” Paul made some clear [Read More…]

Outsourcing Death and Dying in America

This marks my last regularly-scheduled post for the Anxious Bench as the demands of my new position at Hannibal-LaGrange University dictate a reprieve from writing deadlines.  It seems fitting that a fitting bookend would be my first official Anxious Bench post as a regular contributor.  So from the archive, here is “Outsourcing Death and Dying [Read More…]

WALKING ON THE WATER

I recently posted on Jesus’s Resurrection appearance in John 21, where the disciples meet him at the Sea of Galilee. I argued that this scene, or something like it, was the very oldest version of the Resurrection story as it would have been known, for instance, to Paul around 50AD, and that it long predated [Read More…]

THE EMPTY TOMB

Beyond debate, the Christian church was founded on Christ’s Resurrection. What can surprise though is how interpretations of that event differ even within the New Testament itself. As I think over these ideas, I’d like to state an issue, and ask for a response. And I really am asking: this is not a rhetorical question. [Read More…]

Recovering the Ars Moriendi*

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”  – Luke 24:5b NRSV According to the accounts found in the Synoptic Gospels, the female disciples that travelled to Jesus’s tomb the first Easter morning expected nothing spectacular.  They merely intended to finish preparing the corpse for its [Read More…]

Outsourcing Death and Dying in America

Once an intimate family affair, death and dying are now outsourced in America. Set in different centuries, stories from two of America’s greatest storytellers highlight the manner in which American encounters with death and dying have changed over the last two hundred years. Culled from Stephen King’s novella The Body (1982), the plot in the [Read More…]


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