Remembering the Resurrection
As Christians founded upon the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus, we need only twenty or so conscientious people linked through time to give us the confidence of listening to the eyewitnesses.
In history, only twenty or so people in succession separate us from the eyewitnesses to Jesus' Resurrection. Wendell Berry, in his novel Jayber Crow, has Jayber, an aging village barber, reminisce:
History grows shorter. I remember old men who remembered the Civil War. I have in my mind word-of-mouth memories more than a hundred years old. It is only twenty hundred years since the birth of Christ. Fifteen or twenty memories such as mine would reach all the way back to the halo-light in the manger at Bethlehem. So few rememberers could sit down ...