Could God Fail?

The Fate of the Universe and the Faith of Christians

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Ned Wisnefske
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , November
     138 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Suppose the universe expands and becomes a void, as most scientists think. Would that mean God failed? If that is the fate of the universe, then some of our beliefs concerning God and our place in nature, as well as our beliefs concerning how we should live in the world, will not be borne out. From the biblical perspective, it looks as though the formless void and deep darkness opposing God from the beginning prevailed in the end. Today, when we consider the fate of the universe, as well as the possible destruction of life on Earth, it looks as though a deep darkness surrounds us. That is the idea this book considers. When we explore it, we find that we refocus our understanding of faith, hope, and love, and revitalize our view of how we should live. In brief, faith in a God who challenged the formless void and deep darkness in order to create life and sustain it charges us to do the same: oppose lifelessness and be good stewards of life. Faith in an insurgent God restores authentic hope for our future and realizes its true end: not in heaven, but on Earth, and perhaps beyond it.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ned Wisnefske is Schumann Professor of Lutheran Theology at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. He is the author of Preparing to Hear the Gospel: A Proposal for Natural Theology (1998), God Hides: A Critique of Religion and a Primer for Faith (2010), and The Ought, by Prof. Wiz (2014).


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