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The Structure of Resurrection Belief$
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Peter Carnley

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267560.001.0001

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The Resurrection as a Non-Event

The Resurrection as a Non-Event

(p.148) IV The Resurrection as a Non-Event
The Structure of Resurrection Belief

Carnley Peter

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This chapter discusses the third possibility and approach to the resurrection belief. While the previous chapters tackled the resurrection of Jesus as assimilable to other events of the human past and as an eschatological event, the present chapter looks at resurrection as not to be understood as a response to a post-mortem event in any sense at all. Rather, it argues that faith is founded upon the completed life of the historical Jesus, which means that faith is based on the birth and crucifixion of Christ. The story of the resurrection is then held to be a way of expressing this faith; it is the product of faith rather than the grounds of it, myth rather than a record of fact. Included in the chapter are the views of Willi Marxsen, a German New Testament scholar, and Don Cupitt, a contemporary British philosophical theologian. Both scholars achieved identical conclusions on the basic structure of Christian faith, despite approaching it through different routes.

Keywords:   resurrection, historical Jesus, birth, crucifixion, Christian faith

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