Aug 14, 2011

The Resurrection

"The belief that Jesus did in fact rise from death is the basis of the faith of the Christian community. The Church is from its beginnings not a band of men honouring the memory of a founder who has passed from contact with them (like the followers of Epicurus), but a corporate body which feels itself animated by the Spirit on One whose rising is the guarantee that He lives and will come again, and which regards the period between that rising and that coming again as a transitory phase of history between the old order and the new." 

Arthur Darby Nock, Early Gentile Christianity an its Hellenistic Background (New York: Harper & Row, 1964), 105.

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