Religious doubt and feelings of uncertainty were common in the nineteenth century, but only occasionally did they become so acute that they produced the kind of despair and paralysis described by C. Howard Hinton (1853–1907), who at one point found himself unable to say or do anything at all.
Secularization teaches us that the world has become inevitably and increasingly less religious through history. It teaches us that the future is and will be automatic. It teaches us that a better world is ever on the horizon—more humane, more ordered, more rational, more free.
The Theory of Everything is not actually a movie about either science or religion. It’s about marriage.
“What do you want done with your body when you die?” This is a question I never fail to get from undergraduates in my college Death and Dying course. I’ve taught the class at Emory for roughly twenty years, and after a semester spent exploring attitudes toward death and mortuary practices over time and around the globe, students are most curious about this: the ultimate questions—not in theory, but in real life. My real life.
Will the resurrected body of the Christian MMA fighter still have all those concussions? Be able to pull up his pants? Will the wounds still show?
The image of Christ’s suffering body is thoroughly embedded in Christianity. Even the Creeds say nothing about Jesus’ teachings; they really only discuss his birth, death, resurrection.