John Hick’s Theory of the Divine Creation of an Exact Replica

  • Paul Badham
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From earliest times there have been Christians who have been dissatisfied with the dominant belief in fleshly resurrection. As I sought to show in Chapter 2, St Paul’s denial that flesh and blood could inherit eternal life seems to indicate that whatever he may have meant by ‘resurrection’, it did not entail the revivification of the corpse. And the fact that the creeds of the Eastern Church talk of ‘resurrection of the dead’, or of ‘the body’, indicates a persisting unease with the somewhat ‘crude’ understanding of bodily identity prevalent in the western Church. Certainly the proponents of fleshly resurrection suspected the reticence of their eastern brethren. Jerome even accused them of deliberate ambiguity: ‘They use the word “body”, instead of the word “flesh”, in order that an orthodox person hearing them say “body” may take them to mean “flesh”, while a heretic will understand that they mean “spirit”.’1 Jerome is unfair in making this assertion, since even Origen claimed to believe in the resurrection of the ‘same body’2 in explicit contrast to the purely spiritual and non-bodily future life expected by his opponent Celsus3, and, as we saw in the last chapter, Origen located heaven in the sky.


Deceased Person Ideal Style Christian Belief Eternal Life Exact Replica 
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  • Paul Badham
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  1. 1.Lecturer in TheologySt David’s University CollegeLampeter, WalesUK

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