The End of the World and the Ends of God: Science and  Theology on EschatologyThe End of the World and the Ends of God: Science and Theology on Eschatology

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Many people seem to think that eschatology and science have little or nothing in common, and that each speaks to a different realm of human reality. According to John Polkinghorne and Michael Welker, in the introduction to The End of the World and the Ends of God, the following three clichés about science and theology have contributed to this:
  • Theology deals with realities unseen, science deals with visible reality;
  • Theology deals with feelings, science deals with facts;
  • Theology deals--at best--with personal certainty, science deals with objective truths
This book is a convincing argument that the traditional view of the relationship between science and theology (and eschatology) is wrong. In fact, it argues that eschatology is one of the most suitable intersections between science and theology because "it will help clarify and cultivate the difference between truth claims in both fields." It also "enables us to formulate eschatological truth claims in the face of the finitude of the world." In addition, a dialogue between science and theology about eschatology "challenges us to work on the clear differentiation between the sustenance of the world and the new creation: to differentiate between infinity and eternity, between the mere totality of times and the eschatological fullness, and between different types of hope related to one or the other."

This compilation features essays by heavyweights in theology, science and eschatology, including John Polkinghorne, Michael Welker, William R. Stoeger, Hans Weder, Walter Brueggemann, Jürgen Moltmann, and others . Part one looks at eschatology in the natural sciences, focusing on the inevitable (according to science) natural catastrophes and the hope that Christianity offers against them. In part two, the focus is on eschatology in the cultural sciences and ethics, with a particular emphasis on the shaping of eschatological thought. The third part looks at eschatology in the biblical traditions, and themes of the end-time. Part four examines eschatology in theology and spirituality, focusing on hope and eternal life.

This is not light reading, by any standard. It is truly thought provoking and insightful. Grasping its message of hope will take some effort, but the result will be amazing, causing you to continue to give an answer for the hope you have.
     

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Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Science and Theology on the End of the World and the Ends of God1
JOHN POLKINGHORNE AND MICHAEL WELKER
Part 1
ESCHATOLOGY IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES
Catastrophes and Hope
Introduction: Eschatology and the Sciences17
JOHN POLKINGHORNE
1.Scientific Accounts of Ultimate Catastrophes in Our Life-Bearing Universe19
WILLIAM R. STOEGER, S.J.
2.Eschatology: Some Questions and Some Insights from Science29
JOHN POLKINGHORNE
3.The Lord of Time: Brain Theory and Eschatology42
DETLEF LINKE
4.Subjective and Objective Hope: Propositional and Attitudinal Aspects of Eschatology47
FRASER WATTS
Part 2
ESCHATOLOGY IN THE CULTURAL SCIENCES AND ETHICS
The Shaping of Eschatological Thought
Introduction: Cultural Perspectives on Eschatology63
LARRY BOUCHARD AND WILLIAM SCHWEIKER
5.Cultural Cosmology and the Impact of the Natural Sciences on Philosophy and Culture65
WILLIAM R. STOEGER, S.J.
6.The Ends of Man and the Future of God78
JANET MARTIN SOSKICE
7.Contingent Futures: Imagining the Ethics of Cosmology88
LARRY D. BOUCHARD
8.The Church as a Cultural Space: Eschatology and Ecclesiology107
CHRISTOPH SCHWÖBEL
9.Time as a Moral Space: Moral Cosmologies, Creation, and Last Judgment124
WILLIAM SCHWEIKER
Part 3
ESCHATOLOGY IN THE BIBLICAL TRADITIONS
Themes of the End-Time
Introduction: Reading the Bible with "the End" in View141
DONALD H. JUEL AND PATRICK D. MILLER
10.Faith at the Nullpunkt143
WALTER BRUEGGEMANN
11.Judgment and Joy155
PATRICK D. MILLER
12.Christian Hope and the Denial of Death: Encountering New Testament Eschatology171
DONALD H. JUEL
13.Hope and Creation184
HANS WEDER
Part 4
ESCHATOLOGY IN THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY
Hope and Eternal Life
Introduction: Realistic Eschatology205
MICHAEL WELKER
14.Our Reasons for Hope209
GERHARD SAUTER
15.Eschatology without a Future?222
KATHRYN TANNER
16.Is There Life after Death?238
JÜRGEN MOLTMANN
17.Enter into Joy! Sin, Death, and the Life of the World to Come256
MIROSLAV VOLF
18.Resurrection and Eternal Life: The Canonic Memory of the Resurrected Christ, His Reality, and His Glory279
MICHAEL WELKER
Appendix: Metaphor and Reality291
HANS WEDER
Contributors298
Index301