Heaven in Evolutionary Perspective: The New Creation in Process

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    The traditional view of heaven as a pre-existing space reserved for the righteous is inadequate and in need of reformulation, particularly, when Christology is understood from an evolutionary view of the cosmos. From the standpoint of the Risen One who is the 'new emergent whole' in the process of evolving nature, heaven (where Christ 'is' with his risen body) is a heaven that arises out of this world.This cosmic heaven, as a higher and different universe within this universe, is a 'new creation,' and this new creation is in process since it is continually transforming this cosmic world into itself.This process will be completed when cosmic time enters into Christ's time and God becomes'all in all' (I Cor 15:28).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)128-149
    Number of pages22
    JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011


    • Christ's time
    • Cosmic heaven
    • Death
    • Divinization
    • Evolving nature
    • Karl Rahner
    • Resurrection


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