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The ResurrectionAn Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Resurrection of Jesus$
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Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall, and Gerald O'Collins

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269854.001.0001

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‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus

‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus

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(p.126) 6 ‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus
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Stephen T. Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0198269854.003.0006

If you grant that Jesus was genuinely raised from the dead and that the witnesses to the Resurrection saw him, the question still remains what sort of ‘seeing’ this is. Some say that it was ‘grace‐assisted seeing’, i.e. that the witnesses saw the raised Jesus only because God, by a special grace, allowed them to do so. I argue against this position in the present paper and in favour of the theory that the witnesses saw Jesus in a normal or fairly normal sense of the word ‘see’. What they saw (Jesus’ raised body) was a physical object, and their perceptual senses were working in a normal way.

Keywords:   Davis, grace, normal, perceptual senses, physical object, seeing

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