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Hank Gross

This doesn't leave very much comfort for those whose loved ones have died, or for those who themselves are about to die, if they're resigned to just this mortal existence, with their only chance of immortailty being how they are remembered (if at all) and what works or progeny they left behind (if any).

I think there's plenty of New Testament scripture arguing for heaven as a destination for the believer, at least until the coming of the last dispensation (as recorded in the end of the Book of Revelation).

Tim C

Hey Hank, just seeing that one section of NT Wright's quote I can see how you might mistake that he was arguing against an afterlife.

I read it as not saying that at all, but arguing the Ressurection gave great meaning, importance and hope for change for HERE, as well as hope for beyond here.

He makes that point, and spells out more clearly his belief in a post-mortal life as well later in the essay:

Quote of the Day, Continuted:

"When Paul wrote his great resurrection chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, he didn't end by saying, "So let's celebrate the great future life that awaits us." He ended by saying, "So get on with your work, because you know that in the Lord it won't go to waste." When the final resurrection occurs, as the centrepiece of God's new creation, we will discover that everything done in the present world in the power of Jesus' own resurrection will be celebrated and included, appropriately transformed."

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