Opinion: Jesus in orbit?

Benvenuto_Tisi_da_Garofalo_-_Ascension_of_Christ_-_WGA08474Does Jesus wave to the International Space Station at his return? Is the horse he’s riding on a funky, but cool space-horse?

Last fall I gave a lecture before the student body on the historical contexts behind ancient Christian ideas of the end of the world. My point at that time was that many modern Christians may surf the internet on their iPads, but their perception of the universe belongs to the era of clay tablets. In my newest piece at The Huffington Post (“Science and the Ups and Downs of Christ’s Ascension”), I return to the discussion, but from the standpoint of Christ’s ascension. If Christ ascended into the sky, where did he go?

In the ancient world, heaven was considered above the earth. In our world today, we call that space. How does this change in cosmology affect these very central Christian beliefs? Read and find out.

May 17 is known as Ascension Thursday (the 40th day of Easter). It is the day many Christians observe Christ’s ascension into heaven, though some will do it on the following Sunday. The day means many things to Christians, including the idea that Christ will also one day descend from heaven in his return.

What intrigues me about the ascension of Christ is not only what it tells me about the ancient world and its “scientific” knowledge of the universe, but also what it tells me about many Christians today.

Read the whole article at The Huffington Post.



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