Time in Eternity and Eternity in Time

  • Ted PetersEmail author
Part of the Issues in Science and Religion: Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology book series (ESSSAT)


In her eschatology, Antje Jackelén labors to repudiate dualism between time and eternity. Eternity is not merely timelessness, she argues. Rather, eternity consists of multi-layered time, wherein the present time is influenced by our hope in God’s promised future. In this Festschrift chapter, I explicate the Jackelén eschatological vision while offering an expanded commentary on its value for the ongoing creative mutual interaction between science and theology, especially cosmology and eschatology. More specifically, I show that open trinitarian theism affirms that the temporal created world is taken up into the divine eternity. Time lodges in eternity, while eternity enters time proleptically. History counts within God’s trinitarian life. What happens within time has eternal ramifications when eschatology is thought to point to fulfillment, to consummation, to redemption.


Retroactive ontology Eschatology Prolepsis Trinity Antje Jackelén Karl Barth Wolfhart Pannenberg Jürgen Moltmann Robert John Russell 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological UnionBerkeleyUSA

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