Time in Eternity: Pannenberg, Physics, and Eschatology in Creative Mutual Interaction

Time in Eternity: Pannenberg, Physics, and Eschatology in Creative Mutual Interaction

by Robert John Russell

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ISBN-13: 9780268040598
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Edition description: 1
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Robert John Russell is the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in residence at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is the author or co-editor of seventeen books, including Cosmology From Alpha To Omega: Theology And Science In Creative Mutual Interaction and Resurrection: Theological And Scientific Assessments. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

Appendix to the Introduction: Background Material 30

A Three Issues Involving Creation, Cosmology, and Evolution 32

B New Testament Issues Concerning the Bodily Resurrection 39

C Eschatology and Cosmology 53

D CMI: The Method of Creative Mutual Interaction with Eight Paths between Theology and Science 70

E Guidelines for New Research in Eschatology and in Scientific Cosmology 75

F Special Note: Wolfhart Pannenberg and the New Testament Debates 83

Part 1 SRP → TRP: Revising Pannenberg's Trinitarian Conception of Eternity and Omnipresence and Its Role in Eschatology in Light of Mathematics, Physics, and Cosmology

Chapter 1 The Trinitarian Conception of Eternity and Omnipresence in the Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg 93

A Pannenberg's Trinitarian Conception of Eternity in Relation to the Time of Creation 94

B Pannenberg's Trinitarian Conception of Omnipresence in Relation to the Space of Creation 101

C Space, Time, Omnipresence, and Eternity: Recent Insights and Summary 106

D The Trinity as Crucial to the Relations between Time and Eternity and between Space and Omnipresence 108

E The Role of Infinity in Pannenberg's Doctrine of God 110

F Eschatology: The Causal Priority of the Future and the Proleptic Character of Eschatology 117

Chapter 2 Co-presence and Prolepsis in Light of Mathematics, Physics, and Cosmology 123

A A Defense of Pannenberg's Assumption of Flowing Time and Its Implicit Ontology 125

B Co-presence: Time in Eternity 150

C Prolepsis: Eternity in Time 179

Chapter 3 From Hegel to Cantor: New Insights for Pannenberg's Discussion of the Divine Attributes 194

A Cantor's Set Theory, Transfinite Numbers, Absolute Infinity, and the Theological Reaction during Cantor's Life 195

B Employing Cantor's Theory of the Transfinites and Absolute Infinity in Pannenberg's Articulation of the Divine Attributes and Eschatology 210

Chapter 4 Covariant Correlation of Eternity and Omnipresence in Light of Special Relativity 224

A Overview of Special Relativity 226

B Reflections on Pannenberg's Comments on Special and General Relativity 266

C A Covariant Correlation of Eternity and Omnipresence in Light of Special Relativity 267

Part 2 TRP → SRP: The Theological Reconstruction of Pannenberg's Views in Light of Mathematics, Physics, and Cosmology as Offering Suggestions for New Research Programs in the Philosophy of Time and in Physics

Chapter 5 A New Flowing Time Interpretation of Special Relativity Based on Pannenberg's Eternal Co-presence and the Covariant Theological Correlation of Eternity and Omnipresence 283

A Debates over the Interpretation of SR: Flowing Time or the Block Universe? 284

B A New Flowing Time Interpretation of Special Relativity Based on Pannenberg's Eternal Co-presence and the Covariant Theological Correlation of Eternity and Omnipresence 299

C The Real Lessons of SR: "Relativity ≠ Relativism," the "Simultaneity Richness" of the Elsewhen, and the "Austere Paucity" of the Anthropocentric Classical Present 313

Chapter 6 Duration, Co-presence, and Prolepsis: Insights for New Research Directions in Physics and Cosmology 317

A Introduction: Resurrection as Transformation and the Preconditions for the Possibility of Duration, Co-presence, and Prolepsis in Creation 317

B Duration: SRP 1, the Search for Duration in Physics 321

C Co-presence: SRP 2, the Search for Non-separability in Time 335

D Eschatology: SRP 3, the Search for the Retroactive Causality of the Immediate Future and the Topology of Eschatological Causality in Physics and Cosmology 339

E Time versus Eternity: A Theological Justification for the Physical Hiddenness of Eternal Time within Creaturely Time 351

Notes 355

Index 431

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