Part 2: Can "A" Dead Body be Raised?

Mr. J.D. Walters has left a comment on my previous resurrection post, a comment that I would like to address outside the comment section. I am addressing it here, because the sentiment expressed by Mr. Walters is a sentiment that is not his alone, but a common theological rationalization. It is a ploy from theology used to dress up the argument for the supernatural, to make it look like a plausible scientific argument. I hear this all the time in my classroom from my students. What it boils down to is this: "Jesus' resurrection is unique. God is all-powerful, he can do whatever he likes, including raising up a dead body. Beginning and end of analysis."

Here is Mr. Walters' comment:
I hope that appeal to biology was not meant to be taken seriously. The facts of biology are based on repeatable events and inferences from statistical data. By definition a unique event like a resurrection does not fall under the biological paradigm. Repeated experience with 'dead bodies staying dead' might produce a strong mental aversion to the idea of a resurrection (as Wright points out, this held for the ancients as much as modern people; ancients knew that when people died, their bodies were just corpses), but it means nothing one way or the other about whether such a thing is possible, which will depend on what one thinks is the ultimate explanation for the existence of the universe.
By definition? The irreversibility of death means nothing? The historicity of the physical resurrection of Jesus simply depends on one's view of the universe?

The more I think about these types of "arguments" (if we can even use such a word for them), the more concerned I become. If the field of biblical studies has been reduced to this, then it is not worthy to be part of the Academy.

For a long time I have resisted the separation of AAR and SBL on grounds that the biblical field is a historical field of study. I have worked for years in the Society, creating and chairing both the section on Early Jewish and Christian Mysticism and the seminar called the NT Mysticism Project. Year in and year out I have given papers in many venues, published with SBL press, been a spokesperson for the Society whenever in conversation with AAR scholars. But comments and nonsense like this are making me reevaluate that stance. Perhaps the AAR folks are right in separating from the SBL, in their insistence that all we will ever be are caretakers of the church rather than critics of religion.