This Easter Season, Jeffrey L. Morrow, Ph.D., Professor of Undergraduate Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, was interviewed by John DeRosa on the popular series The Classical Theism Podcast. His interview, "The Resurrection," was based on Morrow's popular book, Jesus' Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence (Principum Institute Historical Background to the Bible Book 1), which details Morrow's own faith journey.
The interview explores many of the historical issues surrounding Jesus' resurrection and responds to skeptical alternative hypotheses, based on the arguments detailed in his book. Morrow concludes that the resurrection, which is a matter of Christian faith and an event which transcends history, does a better job explaining the historical evidence than the more skeptical explanations. Easter faith is grounded in the disciples' first experience of Jesus risen from the dead. Jesus' death on that first Good Friday did not have the final say, and his resurrection on Easter Sunday is a sign of hope for the world that death is not the end for us. In addition, Morrow provided some insights into the Catholic practice of spiritual communions during this time when so many Catholics are bereft of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The Classical Theism Podcast aims to defend Catholic Christian ideas in conversation. With the help of various guests, the podcast defends three pillars of the Catholic Christian worldview: (1) the God of classical theism exists, (2) Jesus is our Messiah and Lord, and (3) He founded the Catholic Church. The podcast places a strong emphasis on the first pillar, defending classical theism and drawing upon the work of Thomistic philosopher Dr. Edward Feser and many others.
Jeff Morrow teaches a wide range of courses in Catholic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, including The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, The Theology of the Old Testament, The Eucharist, and Ecclesiology. His research focuses on the history of biblical interpretation and theological exegesis. He is particularly interested in the union between Catholic theology and Catholic biblical scholarship. The bulk of his current research pertains to the early modern and enlightenment political background to the rise of the historical critical method for studying the Bible in the university. He also is interested in traditional forms of Jewish and Christian biblical exegesis, and especially the important role the liturgy plays in developing a sacramental hermeneutic. He serves as a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is an active member of La Société Internationale d'Études sur Alfred Loisy, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature and the College Theology Society, among other professional organizations.
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