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A Cure for Discouragement: A Retreat Guide for Easter
The appearances of Jesus after his Resurrection, as recorded in the New Testament, are, to be honest, kind of confusing. The people he appears to don’t recognize him right away, even though they knew him before.
Critics of Christianity attribute these appearances to the imagination of Christ’s followers. They say that the first Christians simply invented the Resurrection, and that’s why the Gospel accounts are so confusing.
Pope Benedict XVI attributes the unique character of these Gospel pages to one simple cause: Christ’s Resurrection itself was something entirely, radically new. He writes: “It was an utterly unique experience, which burst open the normal boundaries of experience and yet for the disciples was quite beyond doubt. This explains the unique character of the Resurrection accounts…”
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