182: The Resurrection of the Body?—Dr. Scott Hahn
The mortality rate has been holding steady at 100% since the dawn of human history. And yet most of us walk around assuming that an endless flow of tomorrows is owed to us.
That’s a lie.
Another lie is that after we die, our “souls go to heaven” and live a kind of sweet angelic life on clouds, strumming harps forevermore. The Creed affirms something quite different: “I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
Our bodies are indispensable to us as humans. At the Last Day, we get glorified, spiritual bodies. For the baptised, the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and deserves great respect after death. My long time friend (30 years this summer Dr. Scott Hahn, has written an incredible new book, Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body, with Emily Stimpson Chapman.
Talk about much needed!
In this episode you will learn
- How the overspirituaized version of the afterlife crept into Christian consciousness
- The history of cremation, why it has been traditionally condemned by the Church, and what has happened since 1963 when it was suddenly permitted
- How Jesus bodily—which is to say real—death on the cross frees us from the bondage of the fear of death.
- The two kinds of death
- Why “souls in heaven” before the Last Day are missing something essential until the resurrection of their bodies
- How the witness of the early Christians caring for, and burying, their beloved dead help convert a heartless Roman empire
- How Hollywood’s new obsession with zombie shows reflects, despite obvious errors, a basic dimension of what God reveals about the afterlife.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body by Scott Hahn
- The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass As Heaven On Earth, By Scott Hahn
- Dr. Scott Hahn’s website
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