The Possibility of Resurrection
Van Inwagen (Peter)
Source: The International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Volume 9, 1978
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Author’s Introduction1

  1. It has been said that the Christian doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead faces the following philosophical difficulty: There is no criterion that anyone could use to determine whether a given post-Resurrection man was Caesar or Socrates or anyone else who had long ago lived and died and returned to the dust.
  2. But the real philosophical problem facing the doctrine of the Resurrection does not seem to me to be that there is no criterion that the men of the new age could apply to determine whether someone then alive was the same man as some man who had died before the Last Day; the problem seems to me to be that there is such a criterion and (given certain facts about the present age) it would, of necessity, yield the result that many men who have died in our own lifetime and earlier will not be found among those who live after the Last Day.


In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: The first paragraph of Peter Van Inwagen- The Possibility of Resurrection and Other Essays in Christian Apologetics (1997), Chapter 3.

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