Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, best known for his famously liberal interpretation of Christianity, does not adhere to Rivett's literal view of the Resurrection. His 1995 book, "Resurrection: Myth or Reality?" caused a dust-up when it asked, "Does Christianity fall unless a supernatural miracle can be established?"
For Spong, 82, the answer is an emphatic no.
"I don't think the Resurrection has anything to do with physical resuscitation," he said. "I think it means the life of Jesus was raised back into the life of God, not into the life of this world, and that it was out of this that his presence" — not his body — "was manifested to certain witnesses."