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date: 06 March 2021

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It is Christianity's bold claim to have settled the question of immortality – or rather to announce that the question has been settled – once and for all. Life and immortality have been brought to light through one who has abolished death. Belief in this miracle is both foundational to and correlative with belief in the incarnation. Neither God as creator nor man as creature is fully revealed until life and immortality are brought to light. The claim that they have indeed been brought to light is Christianity's defining feature. It stood firmly at the centre of the Christian witness both to Jews and Muslims, who hope for a future resurrection, and to Greeks ancient and modern, who do not. To the latter, it is said that death is really abolished; to the former that it is abolished through Jesus Christ.

Keywords: Christianity, immortality, resurrection, divine event, incarnation, Jesus Christ

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