THE OMEGA POINT AS ESCHATON: ANSWERS TO PANNENBERG'S QUESTIONS FOR SCIENTISTS

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  • This paper was presented at the Second Pannenberg Symposium, held at the Chicago Center for Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology, 15–17 November 1988. The author thanks Frank Birtel, Wim Drees, Wolfhart Pannenberg, John Polkinghorne, Robert John Russell, and Michael Zimmerman for their comments on an earlier version of this paper. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant number PHY-86–03 130.

Abstract

Abstract. I present an outline of the Omega Point theory, which is a model for an omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, evolving, personal God who is both transcendent to spacetime and immanent in it, and who exists necessarily. The model is a falsifiable physical theory, deriving its key concepts not from any religious tradition but from modern physical cosmology and computer science; from scientific materialism rather than revelation. Four testable predictions of the model are given. The theory assumes that thinking is a purely physical process of the brain, and that personality dies with the brain. Nevertheless, I show that the Omega Point theory suggests a future universal resurrection of the dead very similar to the one predicted in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition. The notions of “grace” and the “beatific vision” appear naturally in the model.

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