Places of Encounter with the Eschata: Accelerating the Spatial Turn in Eschatology

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


Questions of eschatology have become more and more relevant in times of increasing threats to survival, in science as well as in popular culture, in world politics as well as in religions.

This chapter explores if the much-debated “spatial turn” also can take place in eschatology. Could theologians assist in reconciling space and time, which in the Western history of science and culture have been commoditized, restricted and, in many modes, violently and fatally separated from each other?

I discuss two theologians who have plowed the way for such a spatial turn especially in eschatology, Vitor Westhelle and Jürgen Moltmann, and finally draw on my own reflections on Heimat where time turns into space. The intention within the chapter is to encourage theologians to accelerate the spatial turn in theology and to mine deeper the spatiality of eschatology to come, where Raum and time are integrated at depth for the best of our common earth and future.


Eschatology Space/place Home Spirit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religious StudiesNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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