Ulla Charlotte Hansen, a priest in Kerteminde on the island of Funen, said she did not believe either that Jesus physically rose again from the dead or that God created the world in seven days,
"I can not believe that Jesus physically rose from the grave,” Hansen told the local Fyens Stiftstidende newspaper. “If I was to tell someone how the world came to be, I’d say there are some scientists who have a theory about the Big Bang.”
Hansen’s statements came after Per Ramsdal, a priest at Frederiksholm Church in Copenhagen, caused shockwaves within the Church of Denmark by confessing to his disbelief in an article published in Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper on Christmas Day.
“That gets a bit too supernatural for me,” he said of the resurrection. “But it’s a really important story.”
Ramsdal was called in by the Bishop of Copenhagen, Peter Skov-Jakobsen, for a reprimand, after which he was forced to withdraw his comments and compelled to undergo a six-month mentoring programme on “recent interpretations of the Christian faith”.
However, this time around, the priest’s bishop was more understanding.
"The resurrection of Jesus is the basics of Christianity, but how he rose from the dead, no one has seen,”
And it is an event that is so special that language should be stretched to the limit in order to capture it," Tine Lindhardt, the Bishop of Funen, told Berlingske newspaper.
She said that she saw no reason why Hansen should be called in for a formal grilling.
Indeed, she had previously sent a letter to priests and parish councils in her diocese, advising them to hold an open discussion on the meaning of the resurrection in the wake of Ramsdal’s statement.