Reflection On The Resurrection Of The Body

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In this paper I will show how the belief in the resurrection of the body was present in the Early Church, and that the Church Fathers conceived of the resurrected body as being healed of all its disabilities yet bearing some continuity with the self. (In this paper I will show the Church Fathers, based upon their understanding of Greco-Roman culture and philosophy along with their reading of Scripture, understood the resurrection of the dead to involve the healing/cleansing of all bodily disability.) The Christian Creed finds its fulfillment in the proclamation of the resurrection of the dead to life everlasting. Just as Christ is risen from the dead, we believe that we too will be raised to new life in Christ by the work of the Most Holy Trinity. St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15, asks, "What kind of body will [the faithful] come back [with]?" He answers that, "if there is a natural body, there is a spiritual one," which, "will bear the image of the heavenly one." Candida R. Moss, a professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, in her essay, "Heavenly Healing: Eschatological Cleansing and the Resurrection of the Dead in the Early Church," further develops St. Paul 's question in relation to whether disabilities are retained in the resurrected body, and argues that the Church Fathers described the perfected resurrected body as being healed and cleansed. This paper will begin by outlining how the Greeks, Romans, and Jews understood the relationship between
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