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Why the Bodily Resurrection Matters—Especially to Women

In a time when Christian women are tempted to view their bodies with shame or with utility, the foundational doctrine is more important than ever.

A few months ago I spoke to a women's ministry about the importance of theology for women in the church. The event went well, and the women peppered me with many challenging questions. However, I was a little unprepared for a question I received after the event had ended. As I gathered my gloves and coat and prepared to head home, a woman escorted me to the door and asked, "Why is the Resurrection bodily?"

Although I had just fielded questions about theology for nearly an hour, this question surprised me because it was unrelated to any of the topics we had discussed. It came out of left field, and it is not a question I hear very often. I asked her to elaborate.

"I don't understand why the Resurrection is bodily," she continued. "To me, it seems like God would do away with the body. It doesn't seem like it matters as much."

Although the bodily resurrection is not discussed as frequently as other doctrines, such as the Trinity or the divinity of Christ, it is nevertheless a core belief of ...

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