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?