Theories of resurrection of the body are logically incoherent.

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Resurrection is a Christian, materialist view that the body rises after death in a physical form, with the main evidence of this being the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Resurrection is central to the Christian faith as it marks the start of Christianity from the Jewish scriptures. There are many differing views about the plausibility of resurrection. Some may believe that resurrection is only based on theories, therefore not proved beyond doubt, and that these theories don't make sense. Hard materialists such as Hume will support this view, saying that death is the end and the decomposing body is evidence of that.

However this opinion may not necessarily be true. The base of many theories of resurrection is the bible, which suggests that
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He argues that this is logical as if the first two arguments are believable then the final one must be too.

St. Paul supports John Hick's theory that there is another spiritual world. He says it is a logical argument, and uses a plant as evidence. Paul said 'when you sow a seed in the ground, it doesn't sprout to life unless it dies'( 1 Corinthians V36) and 'God provides that seed with the body he wishes; he gives each seed its own proper body'( 1 Corinthians V38). Likewise with a person - it is a physical being and has the potential to become a 'mature spiritual person' in heaven in a replica form with forces from God. This new body however, is different as it is immortal, non-physical and higher up in the hierarchy below God and angles. This can be considered to be a logical conclusion as it supports the view from the bible that we are 'a little lower than angels'. It is also logical as it makes sense to suggest that a miraculous event such as this would come from an all powerful being, and there is nothing more powerful than God. As the resurrected place is spiritual it is not subject to the laws of nature, for example aging, so it is rational to suggest that they could be eternal as the bodies are no longer in a physical world.

Swinburne provides further evidence to support the evidence of the bible as in his book 'The existence of God' he formulates the 'principle of credulity' which argues that any experience should be trusted as

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