Saturday, October 17, 2009

Science and faith look at the future

Next week I am giving a talk for the GBU in Strasbourg, that will explore the questions;

Past, present, future: what does science tell us?
As a Christian, how do I view the future?

Two of the ideas I may explore include:

Based on present observations and physical laws scientists say something about the past (the history of the universe) and try to predict the future including the end of the universe [la fin du monde?]. But any predictions science can make about the end are of limited relevance to our present lives. We will all be dead before they happen!

Based on the past [Jesus death and resurrection] Christians have a hope for the future [Jesus return and their redemption and resurrection] which changes how we view and live in the present [forgiveness, joy, perseverance, faith, and hope].

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