because we are all
betrayers, guilty, taking
silver & eating
body & blood & asking
is it I & hearing him
say yes
it would be easy for us all
to rush out & hang ourselves
but if we find grace
to cry & wait out the days
after the voice of morning has crowed
in our ears & broken
our hearts
he will be there
to ask us each again
do you love me
Luci Shaw

Something happened in which the disciples in these appearances were confronted with a reality which also in our language cannot be expressed in any other way than by that symbolical and metaphorical expression of the hope beyond death, the resurrection from the dead. Please understand me correctly. Only the name we give to this event is symbolic, metaphorical, but not the reality of the event itself. The latter is so absolutely unique that we have no other name for this than the metaphorical expression of the apocalyptical expectation. In this sense, the resurrection of Jesus is a historical event, an event that really happened at that time.

Up to a very recent date it has repeatedly been said that this would violate the laws of nature. But contemporary physicists have become much more careful before making such statements, not because of special microphysical results but because of a more precise consciousness of the fact that general laws do not make possible an absolutely certain prediction about the possibility of single events, except in the case where all possible conditions can be taken into account. This might be possible in an experiment, but not in the process of the world as a whole.

If the resurrection would mean revivification of the corpse, then we must really say this would hardly be thinkable from the point of view of the natural sciences. The range of the possible conditions in ...

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