Could God Fail?

The Fate of the Universe and the Faith of Christians

By Ned Wisnefske

Could God Fail?

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  • Publication Date: 11/2/2020
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Could God Fail?

The Fate of the Universe and the Faith of Christians

By Ned Wisnefske

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  • Pages: 138
  • Publication Date: 11/2/2020
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About-

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.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“What is theology to make of the prevailing scientific view that the expanding universe is headed for utter destruction, with nothing left standing? What if this means that God set out in creating the world to bring order to chaos, but God ultimately fails? What does that mean for God? For our faith in God? What does it mean for love? My hat is off to Ned Wisnefske for exploring these questions with a boldness that is rarely found in theology.”

—John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus of Religion, Syracuse University, and David R. Cook Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Villanova University



“Even if none of us would be there to witness the end of this cosmos, the way it ends is connected to a bunch of core theological claims. In this lucid and intriguing book, Wisnefske goes straight to the deep end and shows how abstract issues of physics and metaphysics have immediate practical implications here and now.”

—Olli-Pekka Vainio, University Lecturer of Systematic Theology, University of Helsinki



“What a very good book: short, pithy, pungent, reserved, and a relatively quick but not easy read. . . . The theology always keeps the moral life central within the matrix of a Christian faith and hope that reveals the depth of our lives in the God who is love. God is an insurgent presence who brings light from darkness, order from chaos, and love in the face of real failure, perhaps endless failure. . . . I am deeply challenged spiritually, materially, and morally.”

—Patrick R. Keifert, Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Luther Theological Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and President and Director of Research, Church Innovations Institute


Contributors-

Ned Wisnefske

Bio(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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