C.S. Lewis pointed out so long ago that our drive and efforts for immortality in all manifestations are ultimately futile because all, everything natural, including the entire universe, even beyond observable, will cease. Ultimately nature dies.

Assuming something more, we find this:

“Theology claims that what is ultimate is not physical process but the will and purpose of God the Creator. God’s final intentions will no more be frustrated by cosmic death on a timescale of billions of years than they are by human death on a timescale of tens of years. The ultimate future does not belong to scientific extrapolation but to divine faithfulness.”

Musings on Science and Theology

The God of HopeThere are a number of topics worth some thought and discussion – topics where our current understanding of science plays a role at some level. The questions of origins and of miracles top the list, but the nature or possibility of an “Age to Come” with new heavens and a new earth also raises questions. There seems no way under the current scientific laws for any future hope to remain. The robust conversation on Jesus Creed around Richard Middleton’s new book A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology highlights the kinds of questions that are raised. One exchange in the comments highlights the kinds of questions that can be raised (I’ve only picked out relevant bits):

P:The question of animals becomes merely the tip of an ice-berg. Does heaven or the new creation have spatial dimensions? Is there are up or down? Is there matter? Gravity?…

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