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Stephen T. Davis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284598.001.0001

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Bodily Redemption

Bodily Redemption

(p.226) 13 Bodily Redemption
Christian Philosophical Theology

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Human beings face two great problems: guilt and death. Although disembodied existence is in some sense possible, it would be an attenuated existence since we are normally embodied beings, and complete and ideal existence for us is embodied. Matter is not evil because it was created by God, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfectly good. We are redeemed from guilt and death by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Despite Catholic and Protestant differences at this point, Christians largely agree that we are justified by faith in Christ. Two different scenarios for the general resurrection are discussed, as well as the beatific vision.

Keywords:   guilt, death, redemption, embodiment, Jesus Christ, justification by faith, temporary disembodiment, beatific vision

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