I include myself among them.
That doesn't mean I don't love Jesus and find great wisdom in what he said -- including the real responsibility and burden of carrying his cross.
But the resurrection?
For many Christians, particularly the better-educated, it leads to awkward silences and a wish to hurriedly move on.
Again, I'm guilty.
I converted to Catholicism in my early 30s, largely due to the courage of martyrs such as Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Maryknoll sisters. The church, under John Paul II and Benedict, turned its back on Liberation Theology.
But, without any official reversal, clearly Pope Francis carries that belief that runs all the way back to Jesus.
Since his ordination, Francis has increasingly become a hero for many liberals -- lots of whom don't accept many of the beliefs of Christianity, particularly the resurrection.
But there's no soft-sell of Christianity for Francis,
Take his Easter message on Sunday, as reported by Crux.
“Jesus has risen from the dead,” Francis said. “And this is not a fantasy. It’s not a celebration with many flowers [pointing at the arrangements surrounding him]. This is beautiful, but [the resurrection] is more.”
“It is the mystery of the thrown-away stone, that ends up being the cornerstone of our existence. Christ has risen from the dead. In this throwaway culture, where that which is not useful takes the path of the use-and-throw, where that which is not useful is discarded, that stone that was discarded is the fountain of life,” he said.
And even “us, little pebbles,” who’ve been thrown in an earth full of “suffering, tragedy,” with faith in the risen Christ, “have a reason for being, amidst so much calamity. A sense to look beyond: There is not a wall, but a horizon. There’s life, joy ... ”
Whatever your feelings about the resurrection, clearly Francis is no hypocrite.