C.S.Lewis, Science Fiction and Why Jesus Walked Through Walls

Fr. Dwight Longenecker | 4/14/2018 | Dwight Longenecker
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In the accounts of the resurrection we are shown that Jesus’ resurrection was a real, physical resurrection.

He invites the disciples to touch his wounds and he asks them for food to eat. Therefore this is not a ghost. It is not a zombie. It is not the walking dead.

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Jesus is resurrected. But hang on a minute. If this is a real physical body why does it not behave like a physical body in all cases? Why do Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus not recognize him? Furthermore, why does he appear in rooms where the doors are locked?

To be blunt, why does he walk through walls? It would seem therefore, that he is, after all, in some way, a ghostly or spiritual presence and not a real physical presence.

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This is a good question, and the best answer I’ve ever come across is that Jesus’ resurrected body was not less real, but more real.

In his science fiction masterpiece, Perelandra C.S.Lewis’ hero encounters the eldil–angelic beings who are able to pass through the walls of the house where he is preparing to send Ransom off on his space journey.

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He explains that these beings can do this not because they are less real than the brick wall, but more real. We perceive them as less real because of our perception bias. We think the brick wall is very solid–as solid as can be. But perhaps to the angelic being the brick wall is just as thin as a sheer curtain or even just a bank of fog.

Lewis’ example is brilliant. He says that if you did not know that a bank of fog that you could...
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