Resurrection not to be taken literally

Literal readings of the resurrection do not strengthen Christian faith, as has been claimed for centuries. Instead, such readings weaken faith and promote superstition and error.


David TaceyLa Trobe University’s Professor David Tacey, a specialist in spirituality studies, will explain the reasons for this in a talk to the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria, on Wednesday 10 April 2013.

Professor Tacey will argue that the apostle St Paul did not believe in a physical resurrection.

‘Religious tradition is not supported by Paul's letters or testimony,’ says Professor Tacey. ‘Which leads to the question: from where did religious tradition get the idea of a physical resurrection?’

Professor Tacey will discuss why the church has for so long taught ‘that the resurrection “sightings” of Jesus are historically and naturalistically true’.

He will argue that in the 21st century it is important for people to differentiate naive ‘beliefs’ about resurrection from genuine faith in the resurrected spirit of Jesus.

Professor Tacey is an Australian pioneer in spirituality studies. The field encompasses interactions of religious studies and theology, psychology, sociology, philosophy and education theory.

He is the author of a dozen books, including The Edge of the Sacred, The Spirituality Revolution, ReEnchantment: the new Australian Spirituality, and Jung and the New Age.

Professor Tacey’s talk, entitled 'Resurrection for non-literal thinkers', will be held from 5.30 to 6.45 pm Wednesday, 10 April 2013 at the Ewing Memorial Uniting Church, Cnr Burke Road and Coppin Street, East Malvern.

For interviews and further information, contact:

Professor David Tacey
T 03 9479 1042 | E d.tacey@latrobe.edu.au

Ernest Raetz
M 0412 261 919 | E e.raetz@latrobe.edu.au

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