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Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe

David Wilkinson

Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe

David Wilkinson

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This book argues that the Christian understanding of new creation, when applied beyond the life of the believer or indeed the church, speaks powerfully into this context, giving resources to both theologians and scientists to engage fruitfully with the questions of the end of the Universe.

^The science of the future of the physical universe has been transformed since the discovery of the accelerating universe in 1998. Overall science paints a picture of a future of futility and therefore poses question to a Christian theology of hope. This book argues that the Christian understanding of new creation, when applied beyond the life of the believer or indeed the church, speaks powerfully into this context, giving resources to both theologians and scientists to engage fruitfully with the questions of the end of the Universe.

This book explores the future of the universe in the light of modern science, popular culture such as movies and science fiction, and "pop eschatology" such as the best-selling Left Behind series. The book argues that Christian theology can learn and contribute in a dialogue with the scientific picture of the future of the Universe.

Using a Wesleyan approach to theology, the biblical narratives are explored in conversation with the scientific discoveries. If Christian eschatology is to have a fruitful dialogue, then it must take seriously the relationship between creation and new creation. In particular this relationship, modelled by the resurrection, must be represented by a tension between continuity and discontinuity. In this way the movement to new creation is seen as tranformation rather than destruction of this creation. Indeed, there are pointers to this new creation which may be part of a revised natural theology. The action and faithfulness of God are both key elements in this tranformation working both in process and event.

Contemporary theologians including Moltmann and Pannenberg either ignore this tension or fail to relate it to the physical Universe. At the same time the "scientific eschatologies" of Dyson and Tipler, and the eschatological speculations of contemporary fundamentalism are shown to be inadequate scientifically and technologically. This tension leads to the suggestion that space and time are real in creation and new creation, and a multi-dimensional view of God's relationship with time is proposed. Further, speculation on the tranformation of matter in new creation needs to reflect its relationality and context.

The consequences for the relationship of Christian eschatology to the biological world, providence, hope, ethics, and Christian apolgoetics are explored. In particular such a robust Christian eschatology engages constructively with questions of hope in contemporary culture.
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This book argues that the Christian understanding of new creation, when applied beyond the life of the believer or indeed the church, speaks powerfully into this context, giving resources to both theologians and scientists to engage fruitfully with the questions of the end of the Universe.

^The science of the future of the physical universe has been transformed since the discovery of the accelerating universe in 1998. Overall science paints a picture of a future of futility and therefore poses question to a Christian theology of hope. This book argues that the Christian understanding of new creation, when applied beyond the life of the believer or indeed the church, speaks powerfully into this context, giving resources to both theologians and scientists to engage fruitfully with the questions of the end of the Universe.

This book explores the future of the universe in the light of modern science, popular culture such as movies and science fiction, and "pop eschatology" such as the best-selling Left Behind series. The book argues that Christian theology can learn and contribute in a dialogue with the scientific picture of the future of the Universe.

Using a Wesleyan approach to theology, the biblical narratives are explored in conversation with the scientific discoveries. If Christian eschatology is to have a fruitful dialogue, then it must take seriously the relationship between creation and new creation. In particular this relationship, modelled by the resurrection, must be represented by a tension between continuity and discontinuity. In this way the movement to new creation is seen as tranformation rather than destruction of this creation. Indeed, there are pointers to this new creation which may be part of a revised natural theology. The action and faithfulness of God are both key elements in this tranformation working both in process and event.

Contemporary theologians including Moltmann and Pannenberg either ignore this tension or fail to relate it to the physical Universe. At the same time the "scientific eschatologies" of Dyson and Tipler, and the eschatological speculations of contemporary fundamentalism are shown to be inadequate scientifically and technologically. This tension leads to the suggestion that space and time are real in creation and new creation, and a multi-dimensional view of God's relationship with time is proposed. Further, speculation on the tranformation of matter in new creation needs to reflect its relationality and context.

The consequences for the relationship of Christian eschatology to the biological world, providence, hope, ethics, and Christian apolgoetics are explored. In particular such a robust Christian eschatology engages constructively with questions of hope in contemporary culture.
-Publisher.


- Koorong

Does matter matter? The scientific picture of the end of the physical Universe has undergone dramatic changes since the turn of the 21st century, with its future characterized by accelerated expansion and futility. Yet Christian theology has been largely silent on this, despite the interest in eschatology in popular culture and in theology itself. What can Christian theology learn from and contribute to the scientific picture of the future of the Universe? Can the biblical narratives of creation and new creation have a fruitful dialogue with scientific discoveries? David Wilkinson shows what a fruitful dialogue this can be. Critiquing the folk eschatology of the Left Behind series, the misguided faith of the scientific optimists and the lack of scientific engagement of the theologians of hope, Wilkinson argues for a rediscovery of the theological theme of new creation and the centrality of bodily resurrection.  >

- Publisher

Meet the Author

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson (Ph.D., Durham University in theoretical Astrophysics; Ph.D in Theology) is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Principal of St John's College, Durham. He is author of God, the Big Bang and Stephen Hawking, The Message of Creation (Bible Speaks Today Themes), Holiness of Heart, The Power of Force: The Spirituality of the Star Wars Films and Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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  • Catalogue Code 277133
  • Product Code 9780567045461
  • ISBN 0567045463
  • EAN 9780567045461
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Eschatology
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date May 2010
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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