The creed states boldly that “We believe in the resurrection of the body”, but do we really? Popular views of life after death involve our spirits or souls going to heaven but with very little, if anything, happening to our bodies. What difference would it make to our Christian faith, to our beliefs about life after death and to our attitudes to the bodies we have now, if we really meant that we believe in the resurrection of the body?
Paula Gooder is a freelance writer and lecturer in the Bible, with a particular interest in the New Testament. She is a reader in the Church of England and a member of the General Synod.