The “Falling Elevator” and Resurrection from the Dead


  • Igor Gasparov N.N. Burdenko Voronezh State Medical University



Falling elevator, Christian Resurrection, materialist metaphysics of human persons Christian materialism.


In the paper I argue that the "falling elevator" model once proposed by Dean Zimmerman to improve some drawbacks of Peter van Inwagen's account of how a belief in Christian resurrection could be made compatible with a materialist understanding of human persons is not satisfactory. Christian resurrection requires not only a survival, but also true death of a person, while the falling elevator can merely provide us with an account of how a material person is able miraculously to escape its own death.

Author Biography

Igor Gasparov, N.N. Burdenko Voronezh State Medical University

Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Associate Professor


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How to Cite

Gasparov, Igor. 2021. “The ‘Falling Elevator’ and Resurrection from the Dead”. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 13 (1):83-102.



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