Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Clay IV.27

The material realm itself is our body.

When the tradition speaks of the resurrection of the body, it evidently means the material body. But our material bodies are part of the material realm and can have no sense outside the material realm. Resurrection must then ultimately refer to a resurrection of the context in which our material bodies exist: in other words, the material realm.

This means that the resurrection body is contiguous with a resurrected world, what the tradition calls the New Jerusalem. "Behold, I make all things new."

Paul insisted that the resurrection body was material but in a different way: whereas our normal bodies are animated by psyche and will die, the resurrection body, though material, is animated by spirit (pneuma). It is a transformation to a different kind of materiality.

And what does Jesus mean in Thomas: "but men do not see it"?

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