Outside the Church There Is No Death
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2012 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1051, pages 255–266, May 2013
How to Cite
Candler, P. M. (2013), Outside the Church There Is No Death. New Blackfriars, 94: 255–266. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2011.01446.x
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
- substantial form;
- theological anthropology
According to classical Christian doctrine, the human body is not a container for the soul but its “form”. In defending a form of this view, I suggest that the resurrected body of Christ represents the truth of human flesh. In the light of the resurrected and glorified body of Christ, who still bears his wounds, death can be understood as the loss of something irreplaceable and therefore mourned as a horrific deprivation of life; that is, because eternal life consists in the vision of God by our whole selves, and not just a separated soul, a proper Christian anthropology that began in some sense with the glorified body of Christ as the “truth of the physical” might suggest a very different biomedical practice than that with which we are familiar, which often proceeds from a methodological materialism underwritten by a dualistic metaphysics.