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Beyond History, Yet Still In It

Christianity appeals to history, and to history it must go.  And the question of Jesus’ resurrection, though it may in some senses burst the boundaries of history, also remains within them; that is precisely why it is so important, so disturbing, so life-and-death.  We could cope – the world could cope – with a Jesus who ultimately remains a wonderful idea inside his disciples’ minds and hearts.  The world cannot cope with a Jesus who comes out of the tomb, who inaugurates God’s new creation right in the middle of the old one.

- N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.  New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008, p. 68.