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A Proper Scientific Test

Let us put the resurrection to a proper scientific test.  Let those who have hurt each other -- parents and children, husbands and wives, neighbors, friends, bosses and employees, heads of states -- kneel together and pray this prayer: "God, have mercy on us sinners!  Forgive our pride.  Forgive us for turning to the powers of death, which separate us, instead of to you, who would unite us in love.  Forgive us for the hurts we have caused others, and for refusing to forgive those who have hurt us.  Help us to see each other with compassion; take away our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh…"

Then, as good scientists, let us observe the results.  The powers of death -- hate, acrimony, war, disagreement and hurt -- would be defeated, and out of that death would be resurrected love, concord, trust, and hope.

That is the proof of the resurrection -- something happens, something that banishes death and its correlates and brings in hope and new life.  That is the resurrection message we preach and "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain…" (1 Cor.  15:13)

- Gordon Dalbey, "Does the Resurrection Happen?" in The Christian Century, April 3, 1985.