Understanding the resurrection of the dead connects us more fully to ourselves in this life, and empowers us for more effective discipleship.
What a great article and reminder about the dignity of the human body. I am glad you emphasized the Catholic teaching on cremation, but I fear many in the church are moving towards this for the wrong reasons. As you pointed out “Today, the Church allows cremation so long as there is no thought or suggestion that doing so represents “a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body” (CCC 2299-2301).” This is a much needed article for the faithful. God bless.
Great article. This is a topic many avoid. The unity of our being being both corporal and spiritual is so important.
In truth, when it comes to proclaiming the gospel, our secular culture in many ways has reverted more to paganism akin to the Greeks than anything else. The “nones” maybe non religious but many are still spiritual via some quasi-new ageism. And so, many still believe in the soul, but do not have any sense of the importance of the creation and goodness of our body. In fact, the aging of our bodies is a tell of the biblical view of original sin. Furthermore, the biblical view is that the nature of humans is body/soul and therefore salvation must come to the whole person body and soul.
There appears to be a resurrection specifically for those who are dead in Christ, and a separate one for the remainder of humanity before the end of the world (cf. 1Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1Corinthians 15:23; Revelation 20:11-15).
Well written, well said! Great food for serious thought!