Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter: The Greatest Mutation

In his homily at the Easter Vigil in St Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI used a very striking and innovative way of talking about the Resurrection. After dismissing the notion of a resuscitated corpse, he used a fundamental concept of evolutionary theory to establish a whole new way of imaging the Resurrection:

If we may borrow the language of the theory of evolution, [the Resurrection] is the greatest "mutation", absolutely the most crucial leap into a totally new dimension that there has ever been in the long history of life and its development: a leap into a completely new order which does concern us, and concerns the whole of history.

Has there ever been a more powerful and imaginative articulation of how science and faith can provide each other with insight and brilliance?