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"...informative and thought-provoking...very highly recommended reading..."—Reviewer’s Bookwatch, An Official Newsletter of The Midwest Book Review, October 2000 (Midwest Book Review)

"This book embodies the highest level of thinking currently available in two subject areas: the science-faith dialogue in broad scope and the Christian doctrine of eschatology in particular. The chapter by John Polkinghorne, "Eschatology: Some Questions and Some Insights from Science," may be the finest short essay in theology I have read in a decade. It is elegant!"—Ted Peters, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union, as printed in Theology Today, January 2001 (Ted Peters Theology Today)

"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." — Rob Highfield, Associate Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University, reviewing for Stone-Campbell Journal, Fall 2000 (Rob Highfield Stone-Campbell Journal)

"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."— Cedric Carr, reviewing for The Expository Times, April 2001 (Cedric Carr)

For readers interested in in the continuing contention between science and theology, this book focuses nicely on a topic of great interest to both large and grand disciplines. In this one volume, some of today's best thinkers speak to how the world (or God) may work things out.—David Mosser, Clergy Journal,Oct. 2001. (David Mosser Clergy Journal)

"This book embodies the highest level of thinking currently available in two subject areas: the science-faith dialogue in broad scope and the Christian doctrine of eschatology in particular. The chapter by John Polkinghorne, "Eschatology: Some Questions and Some Insights from Science," may be the finest short essay in theology I have read in a decade. It is elegant!"—Ted Peters, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union, as printed in Theology Today, January 2001 (Sanford Lakoff Theology Today)

"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." — Rob Highfield, Associate Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University, reviewing for Stone-Campbell Journal, Fall 2000 (Sanford Lakoff Stone-Campbell Journal)

"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."— Cedric Carr, reviewing for The Expository Times, April 2001 (Sanford Lakoff)

About 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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Product Details

  • Series: Theology for the 21st Century
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563383128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563383120
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 twenty-three 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 thought-provoking 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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I have other books by this author. His premise is that there is a scientific context that should be part of theological study and discussion. As a former scientist, I find his thesis compelling. The work is complex; if you didn't do well in your science classes, this text might not be a good fit.
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End of the World and Ends of God. The author has know better then Protestants. For that particular thing they had the same view. There is no end for the World and God! All God creatures included Himself there are forever. The end of the world mean "the world system". That mean the world system will judge an destroy then everything will be perfect.
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