This paper is an inquiry into Edward Schillebeeckx’ concept of resurrection,
though it is fairly different from a thorough analysis of the meaning of resurrection per se.
The difference comes from the fact that we will not simply view his take on the concept as
a peculiar experiment, but the question of the importance of resurrection today receives
special attention. This does not mean that certain attempts at defining and elaborating on
the significance of Schillebeeckx’s concept of resurrection have been overlooked. Still, the
main purpose of this study is to literally put this concept to the test and see the tradition
associated with it over the years. A final purpose is to determine Schillebeeckx’s place at
the end of this experiment, as he is associated with the two poignant interpretations of
resurrection today, namely the radical and liberal positions. The aim of this experiment is
to decide whether we still need to talk about resurrection today and how critical it is to ask
serious questions about it in this human history facing its end. This paper explores the
concept of resurrection based on its impact on the humanum or the potential of human
history always with an eye to its future, where in Schillebeeckx’s thought the perfect
human state will be attained.
This paper is part of a two-year postdoctoral research program (2015-
2017) at the Faculty of Theology, the Department of Practical Theology within the
University of Pretoria, South Africa, under the supervision of Professor Johann Meylahn.