In the letters of Paul
The reflections on the resurrection of Jesus are further developed in the letters of Paul. Reflections that were stimulated, in Paul, principally by two compelling reasons:
- the Resurrection is the central element of Christian faith;
- in its absence, faith is empty and cannot save.
It is antihistorical to deny the Resurrection solely on the ground that it cannot be scientifically verified, and it is logically impossibile to seek “scientific” proof of it, inasmuch as faith in the Resurrection will never be the result of human proof.
As then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in 1985: “The Risen One cannot be seen like a piece of wood or stone. He can be seen only by the person to whom he reveals himself. And he reveals himself only to the one whom he can entrust with a mission. He does not reveal himself to curiosity but to love.”