04 February 2002

I was just grading my students' quizzes from Friday for my class "The Human Person". The fourth multiple choice question was:

In the biblical picture of human nature, our ultimate destiny is:
a. bodiless life in heaven
b. bodily resurrection
c. bodily death
d. detroit

Now to their credit, no one answered d. detroit. But out of 18 students, only 3 answered correctly: b. bodily resurrection. Most people went with a.

And this was after spending over half of the previous class looking at 1 Corinthians 15, with a class of students almost entirely from Christian backgrounds who grew up reciting the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

Has Platonism pervaded our popular theology that much?