This Easter, Bring Your Brain with You
by Nathaniel Williams
Do you have to check your brain at the door to be a Christian? Or, do you have to abandon faith altogether if you want to seem intelligent?
Most of us have asked such questions at some point in our lives, and we’ve wrestled with lingering questions about the intersection of faith and intellect. We find a fascinating answer to these kinds of questions in, of all places, the Easter story.
Come and See
You know the story well. In Matthew’s account, Mary Magdalene and another Mary (Matthew doesn’t tell us which one) go to the tomb early on Sunday morning. They expect to find a quiet tomb flanked with Roman guards. Instead, they discover a scene of complete chaos — earthquakes, frightened centurions and a grave stone rolled away with an angel sitting on top. The angel then declares some of history’s most important words: “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:6a).
Yet the angel doesn’t stop there…