You can’t be Christian if you don’t believe in the resurrection, says former Queen’s chaplain
by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph:
A former chaplain to the Queen has said that the quarter of Christians who say they do not believe in the Resurrection “cannot be Christians”.
The Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden said in a letter to the Times that a survey which found that one in four self-proclaimed Christians do not believe in Jesus’s Resurrection “made the mistake of confusing British culture with Christianity”.
He said: “Those people who neither believe in the Resurrection nor go anywhere near a church cannot be ‘Christians’.
“As with so many things, the key is in the definition of terms. Discovering the evidence for the Resurrection having taken place to be wholly compelling is one of the things that makes you a Christian; ergo, if you haven’t, you are not.”
A survey for the BBC carried out to mark Palm Sunday found that 23 per cent of those calling themselves Christians “do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead” at all.
Conversely, almost one in 10 non-religious people say they do believe in the resurrection.