Thursday, April 13, 2006

"...The Resurrection of the Body"

New Scripps-Howard poll: Only 36 percent of Americans believe in the resurrection of the body.

I should note, this has less to do with lack of belief in an afterlife as one assumes on first blush: most Americans simply believe their "souls will rise" upon death, and "I'll fly away." This points out a need for catechesis among Christians in general; I suspect Orthodox statistics are not that far off from those of conservative evangelicals.

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Blogger William Weedon said...

Isn't that absolutely tragic? Yet we sing:

This body in the grave we lay
There to await that solemn day
When God Himself shall bid it rise
To mount triumphant to the skies.

And so to earth we now entrust
What came from dust and turns to dust
And from the dust shall rise that Day
In glorious triumph o'er decay.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

It reminds me of something a secular professor I had once said about the average belief in soul vs. bodily resurrection: "Scratch a Christian, and you will find a Platonist."

Thank you for the beautiful hymn quotation. I know you are LCMS and hence believe when we're in Heaven, we'll be singing out of TLH, "the red book." :)

4:58 AM  
Blogger Jean-Michel said...

this remembers me same kind of poll in France some 3 or 4 years ago. The average was the same. But worse in fact : they had only questionned people giving themselves as "convinced Christians"...

Kyrie eleison

Jean-Michel
http://www.orthodoxe.be

5:11 AM  
Blogger James the Thickheaded said...

Y'know, it's hard not to jump into pessimism but rather try to look at this as simply a "teaching opportunity". The notion of an incorrupt body as opposed to what we leave in the grave is...well...important to making the idea appealing as opposed to something that matches a grisly Hollywood movie. Thus maybe the notion of a soul rising simply reflects a half-formed notion of perfection rather than none at all. And the positive is that there is SOME belief and DESIRE for belief in resurrection. Think on the other hand if the response were, "Yecch!"
Didn't get that, so one point for our side!

On the other hand, maybe this is more than just a problem of the resurrection image, but underscores an incomplete understanding of the incarnation in the first place. Our poor clergy have one heckuva job to do, huh?

9:11 AM  

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