In case any BYU readers are interested, I will be presenting in the 2008 Religious Education Student Symposium on Friday, Feb. 22 in 3222 WSC (the Wilk) at 2 PM. I will be presenting on my paper titled: “Putting on the Heavenly Home: An Exegesis of 2 Corithians 5:1–4.” In truth, I also talk a lot about 2 Cor. 5:6–10, but as a matter of context; there’s only so much time. The other two presenters my hour will present on such topics as, “The Polarizing Effect of Miracles” and “If Ye Keep My Commandments, Ye Shall Prosper in the Land.”
In part my paper discusses how the author of 2 Cor., whom I accept as Paul himself (as do, I think, most scholars), obviously expects an imminent parousia (second coming), which will not only be witnessed by his audience, but will also transfigure them by fitting them with a new “eternal” body, which physicality is the real Christian hope of resurrection. This statement runs counter to anti-materialism, which might contend that disembodiment is the final eternal state.
I warn you in advance that one of my faculty reviewers said that while my paper was an “exemplary” example of an exegetical exercise, “out of that setting, it has little value.” So I feel obligated to qualify my invitation by saying your time might potentially be wasted. I’ll think about posting some talking points on Friday and you can judge for yourself.