A Presbyterian pastor raises the question of whether Christian faith could be had if one could find the body of Jesus. He argues yes and that it is possible to see the language of resurrection as metaphoric or symbolic.
The responders larger quote Paul 1 Corinthians chpt 15 that if the resurrection did not happen our faith is in vain. But it's highly selective to do that, especially when one ignores Paul's treatment of what resurrection means in the same chapter.
"How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" How foolish!When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed.Their may not be agreement over such verses except to suggest that the notion of a spiritual body is a way of integrating a number of contrasting ideas into one. Also that forcing the resurrection into a physicalist framework is to ignore what Paul is up to.
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. The perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.