Kelly, A. (2006). Easter and the empty tomb. Australian eJournal of Theology,7(1), 1-7. Retrieved from http://aejt.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/395134/AEJT_7.8_Kelly_Easter.pdf
While Easter faith is not in the empty tomb as such, the empty tomb has a pivotal role for Christian faith in the resurrection of Jesus. Either Christ has really risen or Christians are confronted with a dead and decaying corpse on which to base what would be a rather diluted resurrection faith. The empty tomb is not an idol of human projection but an indicator of God’s Spirit transforming human freedom and the cosmos itself into a totally new reality: the “new heaven and new earth.” Without an empty tomb, Christian eschatology degenerates into an ideology of wishful thinking and Easter becomes meaningless. The world is not a closed system or a vast graveyard with perhaps an inkling of some kind of afterlife; it is rather a garden in which the seeds of eternal life are already sprouting.
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