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The God of Hope and the End of the World by…

The God of Hope and the End of the World

by John Polkinghorne

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This small but weighty book provides theological, scientific, and biblical perspectives on the end of the world. I have read one of Polkinghorne's other books and found it to be dense and incomprehensible in places, but this book is very accessible. It offers interesting and sometimes unique insights into eschatology. Jurgen Moltmann is one of his main dialogue partners. ( )
  proflinton | Jul 17, 2015 |
This short book dealing with eschatology is nothing short of amazing. This book is a more accessible reading of some of the discussions and ideas that circulated during the Center of Theological Inquiry's Eschatology Project. This was a interdisciplinary group of scholars - scientists, biblical scholars and theologians - whose task was to reconsider, in the light of modern knowledge, the expression of Christian eschatological hope concerning the end of the world and the fulfillment of the divine purpose for creation. John Polkinghorne is himself a theologian and a scientist and this book will appeal to anyone familiar with the writings of Jurgen Moltmann and Miroslov Volf. If you are a theologian who takes the findings of modern science seriously while at the same time holding to the Christian hope of resurrection you will find this book incredibly informative. His chapter on Personhood and the Soul was worth it alone. He begins with scientific and cultural approaches to eschatology, then moves to biblical evidence, and finally ties it all together with theology. Wonderful book! ( )
  adamtarn | May 17, 2009 |
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At Princeton, Polkinghorne earnestly assures us, he and an "interdisciplinary group of scholars" recently spent three fruitful years making scientific estimates of God's plans for the destiny of the world. According to Polkinghorne and the Princetonians, the last things, when the Day of Judgment comes and the tombs are opened, are a bit like what we have now, but also a bit different: they are an "interplay between continuity and discontinuity." They do not include real Hell. They include only people who have not asked for admission to heaven, and these get some kind of after-life Bible classes. Beyond that, Heaven itself is a bit vague, but it includes pilgrimage and progress and increasing fullness. Heaven does not provide endless harps and psalms; nor, I think, does it afford Aquinas's favored pleasure of watching the tortures of the damned, nor Islam's seventy-two virgins per male martyr. In fact, I could not discover whether it included sex at all, but in their three years of deliberations Polkinghorne's group determined — scientifically, remember — that it may include some animals, especially domestic pets, although perhaps not too many of them, since it is permissible for God to "cull individuals in order to preserve the herd."
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Do we live in a world that makes sense, not just now but forever? If the universe is going to end in collapse or decay, can it really be a divine creation? Is there a credible hope of a destiny beyond death? In this engaging book, a leading scientist-theologian draws on ideas from science, scripture, and theology to address these and other important questions.

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