Belief in Christ’s resurrection remains strong among the Church of England’s bishops, according to an unscientific poll conducted by The Spectator, (April 14), a British weekly.
The magazine polled every diocese in the Church of England the week before Easter, asking the local bishop, or bishops’ office, if he or she believed in the physical resurrection of Christ. The responses usually came from the dioceses communications’ director or chaplain to the bishop and were sometimes evasive. The Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich replied, through his communications officer, that “It’s immaterial whether Christ was resurrected in body or spirit.”
Yet most of the dioceses — as much as 75 percent — answered a definite “yes” to the question of Christ’s physical resurrection, while 25 percent provided more ambiguous answers. Eleven bishops have yet to be heard from.