Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ratzinger on the resurrection of the body 

“It now becomes clear that the real heart of faith in the resurrection does not consist at all in the idea of the restoration of bodies, to which we have reduced it in our thinking; such is the case even though this is the pictorial image used throughout the Bible.”

“The foregoing reflections may have clarified to some extent what is involved in the biblical pronouncements about the resurrection: their essential content is not the conception of a restoration of bodies to souls after a long interval…”
“To recapitulate, Paul teaches, not the resurrection of physical bodies, but the resurrection of persons…”

Benedict XVI, Introduction to Christianity, 2004, pp. 349, 353, 357-358

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