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

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The dialogue between science and theology has grown to mammoth proportions over the past decade. These two disciplines search continually to discover their common ground. Each discipline is anxious to warrant its own truth claims concerning the nature of reality and the nature of God.

In order to be fruitful, such dialogue, argue the authors of this collection, should focus on one subject. In this volume, 16 scientists and theologians contend that eschatology provides a common ...

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Overview

The dialogue between science and theology has grown to mammoth proportions over the past decade. These two disciplines search continually to discover their common ground. Each discipline is anxious to warrant its own truth claims concerning the nature of reality and the nature of God.

In order to be fruitful, such dialogue, argue the authors of this collection, should focus on one subject. In this volume, 16 scientists and theologians contend that eschatology provides a common concern for both theology and the sciences. Eschatology, they claim, will “help clarify and cultivate the differences between truth claims in both fields.” Moreover, a focus on eschatology offers an opportunity to examine the reasons people can be hopeful and optimistic even in the face of physical death and the finitude of the universe.

Included in this provocative collection are essays on “eschatology and the natural sciences,” “eschatology in cultural sciences and ethics,” “eschatology in the biblical tradition,” and “eschatology and theology.”

John Polkinghorne is the president of Queens’ College, Cambridge and the author of Reason and Reality (Trinity) and Serious Talk: Science and Religion in Dialogue (Trinity). Michael Welker teaches at the University of Heidelberg.

Contributors to the volume include William R. Stoeger, S.J., Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona; Detlef Linke, Bonn University; Fraser Watts, Queens’ College, Cambridge; Larry Bouchard, University of Virginia; William Schweiker, University of Chicago; Janet Soskice, Jesus College, Cambridge; Christoph Schwöbel, Heidelberg; Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary; Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary; Donald H. Juel, Princeton Theological Seminary; Hans Weder, University of Zurich; Gerhard Sauter, University of Bonn, Germany; Kathryn Tanner, University of Chicago; Jürgen Möltmann, University of Tübingen; and Miroslav Volf, Yale University.

For: Seminarians; clergy; graduate students; general audience

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Editorial Reviews

Rob Highfield
Unusual for a book with 23 essays, this collection sustains a high quality throughout...for those who are interested in the latest developments in the science and theology dialogue or who are interested in the new twist that modern science has given questions of eschatology, this book is required reading.
Cedric Carr
This is a valuable contribution to the current interest in 'Last Things'. It is, moreover, a 'user-friendly' book; clearly written without unnecessary scientific (or theological jargon, and the multiplicity of sub-headings and titled paragraphs make it an easy book to digest and consult.—The Expository Times
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In The End Of The World And The Ends Of God: Science And Theology On Eschatology, John Polkinghorne and Michael Welker effectively collaborate to assemble a fascinating collection of twentythree essays by scientists, theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars on the subject of eschatology (the ultimate significance and destiny of both the universe and individual human beings) as seen through the perspective of their particular disciplines. Scientists predict the end of time as a catastrophe (entropy the death of the universe), while theologians see human and universal destiny as one of passage to something more meaningful. These informative and thoughtprovoking essays touch upon such diverse issues as hope and the denial of death, time as moral space, eschatology and the natural sciences, and eschatology in the Judeo/Christian biblical tradition. The End Of The World And The Ends Of God is very highly recommended reading for students of metaphysics, theology, and science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563383120
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Theology for the 21st Century Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


John Polkinghorne is the president of Queen's College, Cambridge and the author of Reason and Reality (Trinity), Serious Talk: Science and Religion in Dialogue (Trinity), and The End of the World and the Ends of God (Trinity).

Michael Welker teaches at the University of Heidelberg.

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