No Church Without Easter

Christianity began as a resurrection movement. There is no evidence for a form of early Christianity in which the resurrection was not a central belief. Nor was this belief, as it were, bolted on to Christianity at the edge. It was the central driving force, informing the whole movement.

- N. T. Wright, "Jesus and the Resurrection," in Jesus then & now: images of Jesus in history and Christology, ed. Marvin W. Meyer (Continuum, 2001), p. 64