The Big Picture is subtitled An Honest Examination of God, Science and Purpose, and for once you would be absolutely right to judge a book by its cover. It is an account of an intelligent, inquisitive, scientific mind asking itself how the world hangs together. Chapter 1 examines, at a popular and accessible level, the basics of logic and epistemology—without ever using the word—paying special attention to unspoken assumptions and the ways in which our thinking can be led astray.
Continuing our exploration of eternity in open theism, and specifically the implications of Einstein’s theory of special relativity, we’ll now move on to Einstein’s theory of gravity, that is, general relativity.
When considering time and eternity, I cannot help but think as a physicist as well as a theologian. From a physicist’s point of view, a time-bound God is a curious phenomenon.
God is eternal. Of course God is eternal. We confess it, we sing it, we affirm it, and we’re happy to leave the details to philosophers and theologians. But you know what? Time and eternity interact in our words, songs and thoughts more often than you’d think, and all too often to highly confusing result. Without pretending to say anything that hasn’t been said before, let’s have some innocent fun with this.