Posted on September 5th, 2012
Matthew Levering in Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian takes issue with N.T. Wright; Levering finds Platonism embedded in the New Testament, seeing that as a good thing. I cannot agree with this statement: If we emphasize the renewed material creation and a new set of cosmic adventures, we risk turning eternal life into something quite banal. My own view is that in the new heavens and the new earth which is promised in Revelation, there is a “renewed material creation,” albeit without sin. It will not be banal, but unendingly beautiful. It’s possible I’m misunderstanding Levering, and further reading will bring greater clarity.