There are signs that old paradigms are breaking down and new ones taking their place. From a modernist preoccupation with historicity and a positivistic concentration with 'what actually happened' the focus has expanded to other ways of discerning the truth of the Resurrection. This includes challenges to ways in which the Resurrection challenges and transforms widely-held constructions of reality and calls forth new ways of being in the world. The Resurrection is something eschatological, corporeal and social: the stronger-than-death life of God at work in Jesus. The book thus proposes a critical Resurrection theology appropriate to post-modernity. The book is both highly original but also revolutionary. This new series will address the fundamental themes of theology at the start of the new century. Original and creative authors are contributing books that will provoke people to think boldly and imaginatively about religion. "New Century Theology" aims to recover and reassert the latent power of theology to address the big issues of life and faith to the widest audience.
Dr Stephen Barton is a Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham, UK.