The first two definitions of resurrection in the Oxford English Dictionary concern resurrection from the dead and specifically Jesus. Within a Christian context, when it is said we are believers this has traditionally included the belief that Jesus was indeed resurrected from the dead.

The third definition of resurrection in the Oxford English Dictionary is a bit different. It says, “Revival or revitalization, esp. of a person who or thing which has fallen into inactivity, disuse, or obscurity; an instance of this.” To believe or to buy into this you do not have to be a Christian believer.

Thomas Moore thinks this third definition is important to our health. In A Religion of One’s Own, he writes, “The theology of resurrection we find in several religious traditions is about your resurrection, now, in this life. Will you remain soul dead? Or will you wake up with a special imagination, an appreciation for the sublime?”

He continues, “The resurrected person has an open heart and a perceptive mind. When they were soul dead, they were not capable of compassion.”

What say you?

9 thoughts on “Resurrection

  1. jhvn April 15, 2014 / 10:53 am

    Ssee my last comment about awareness.

  2. joannwentzel April 15, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    All three definitions are true. The third one is one we all should feel occasionally. The renewal of our spirit and re-dedication to our new life should be a Christian concept, but also everyone’s goal to stay healthy and happy.

    • fictionfitz April 15, 2014 / 3:47 pm

      The third, do you think it is?

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions April 15, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    What about the person who was born with an open heart and a perceptive mind? I’ve known a couple of those, I think.

    • fictionfitz April 16, 2014 / 5:57 am

      I like your ending of uncertainty. Will we ever know? What should be our greatest attribute?

      • fictionfitz April 16, 2014 / 6:52 am

        As my 90 year old friend said, “e-m-p-a-t-h-y, Bob, what does it spell?”

  4. Marilyn Armstrong April 16, 2014 / 9:58 am

    Very interesting casting a different light on the whole concept. Thanks!

    • fictionfitz April 16, 2014 / 10:01 am

      Good to hear from you Marilyn. You life surely fits at least one of those definitions.

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