Is it Reasonable to Believe in the Resurrection?
From On The Road to Jerusalem:
I must admit that I’m baffled by those atheists who are also scientists. To me, modern physics has given us a glimpse into a world so mysterious that it’s impossible not to feel awe, at some level the same awe that religious people feel in the presence of the mystery of God. Introducing his lectures on quantum mechanics, Feynman [pictured] wrote: "Because atomic behavior is so unlike ordinary experience, it is very difficult to get used to, and it appears peculiar and mysterious to everyone…We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way…We cannot make the mystery go away by ‘explaining’ how it works. We will just tell you how it works."
The very same words could be used to describe Jesus’ resurrection, especially in light of the last studies of the Shroud of Turin. Any attempt to replicate the image impressed on the linen has failed, except for by means of radiations, which by the way should be so conspicuous that cannot be obtained in a laboratory.
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I’m a Christian because I believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and that the historical context in which Christianity developed is revealing of divine intervention. Of course the atheist doesn’t see it that way. In his flat world, exceptionality has no place, and Christ becomes just one of many.
I agree with the last paragraph. And I always enjoy Feynman. But is it reasonable to quote Feynman in this context? I think so.