One hopes this small bit of contextual over-simplification is not received antagonistically, but merely as observations from within the forum of spiritual reasoning. In short, we do hope to highlight a few similarities that exist between what seems to be polar opposites.
In the spiritual sense, ironically, the most ardent fundamentalist, apart from those adhering to Faith, is the material-driven Atheist. One may argue that the “material” Atheist (for the most part) refuses to let their natural intuition guide them through the many nuances that exist while in observation of religious text. As does the dogma-driven fundamental Christian, though, in a slightly different capacity.
For instance: the tumultuous debate surrounding the resurrection of Jesus. Now, for the most part, the interpretation surrounding the anastasis of Jesus encompasses an incredibly narrow perspective on the Christian’s part. In a likewise manner, the method driven Atheist may only chose to accept the physicality that emanates from observation, while in the process, and by what seems to be a force of unnatural will, excluding the very “profundity” by which observables materialize.
Observation, no doubt, has rationalized incredible results over the millennia, yielding profound waves of understanding. And yet, it still cannot provide an equation for Love, Consciousness, or Mind.
Anastasis (Greek): to rise, a raising up (i.e., to physically stand up), to become “awake”.
**Note** One recalls it insinuated as: “illuminated”, or “irradiated” (i.e., in the enlightened sense). As of now, the official citing still eludes. Even so, it’s certainly a reasonable interpretation regarding the greater context.
The Christian mentality to overlook the specifics in nuance is not surprising. As much of it does’t really matter in terms of Salvation. Even so, it’s still a problem. This “higher” Christian perspective does not negate the valid inquiries of the material driven.
It must be stated, the New Testament is not a historical document, per say. It’s a text that is set (approximately) in Time. Unlike the Old Testament, the quantity of New Testament historical details is lacking, to say the least. Though, that may very well be the point! The New Testament is a spiritually minded book, one of deep analogy and cosmic thought. One that arguably stems to the archetypical root of ancient symbology.
An interpretation of anastasis from either perspective should be multidimensional, but it’s not, in both cases it’s painfully literal: as in a physical body rising from the dead. And yet, it must be stated that this incredible “miracle” (rising from the dead) occurs even in our modern day. Thus, anastasis must be fully comprehended in many perspectives as it certainly exists on multiple plains of existence.
One may be so pleased to conveniently overlook the spiritual implications that still surround even a literal interpretation of the word, “anastasis”. Just as another is ready to toss out the purely materialistic perspective because it fails to recognize higher plains of existence. If one allows a closed paradigm to permeate, fanaticism is the end destination. A place that completely avoids proportion, and more so, the sense of awe towards the infinitely unknown.
We cannot exclude history’s Beacons simply on the basis that they possessed a spiritual mind. If this were the case, there would be large gaps in the foundation of scientific observation, gaps such as: Pythagoras, Vitruvius, Da Vinci, Dee, Descartes, Newton, Bach, even Jung.
Taking the mad division of science and spirit one step further, such even attempt to rage against the profound and ancient traditions of astronomy, and alchemy; such that are undoubtedly rooted in cosmic spirituality.
Finally, due to the undeniable mingling of science and religion (i.e., CERN), it seems apparent that all religion, and all scientific inquiry stems from what may be referred to as the Perennial Wisdom.