Einstein-Bell-Podorsky Theory

“Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 15 that the resurrection of Christ and the future resurrection of his church is one reality (vv. 12-19). Paul argues back and forth from one to the other. If Christ is not raised, there can be no resurrection of believers. If there is no general resurrection, Christ cannot have been raised himself. The two stand together. In fact, Christ has been raised – and so, therefore, will we be. Christ is the firstfruits of the resurrection of believers at his return (vv. 19-23). Not only is his resurrection first in time, but as firstfruits, it is of the same kind as the full harvest. Hence, it is the guarantee not only that the full harvest will be gathered but that both his resurrection and ours are identical. From this it is clear that the resurrection of believers at the parousia is a resurrection in Christ. The resurrections are effectively the same (v. 35ff). The Einstein-Bell-Podorsky theory of the identical behavior of subatomic particles separated by indefinite space is paralleled here in the resurrection. Christ’s resurrection and the resurrection of the righteous, separated by indefinite time, are identical because the latter occurs in union with the former” (7).

“Our resurrection bodies will be like Christ’s resurrection body, since our resurrection and his are effectively the same reality, separated by indefinite time. There is something of a parallel in this to the Einstein-Podorsky-Bell theory. Einstein postulated that the parts of a subatomic particle, such as a prion, separated by indefinite space would behave identically. His theory was confirmed empirically by the Bell experiment in 1964. Here the parts of the resurrection, separated by indefinite time, behave identically” (136).

From Robert Letham, Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2011).

Gospel = news of death, burial, and RESURRECTION of Jesus in time and space and history, which includes in it a future reality!!!


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