In this episode of The Tentative Apologist Podcast I break with my usual practice of an interview / conversation. Instead, I’m featuring a talk I delivered at the OnWord Conference at Steele Heights Baptist Church in Edmonton, AB on September 28, 2013 titled “Does Heaven Need a Makeover?”
In this talk I argue that common objections to heaven — namely that heaven will be boring or that heaven serves as a tool to oppress the vulnerable– are rooted in a Platonic view of heaven as the negation of the created world of time and material substance. But in fact, the biblical and properly Christian view is that heaven as an eternal destination represents the redemption of the material creation, not escape from it. Once we recognize that heaven is really another name for creation redeemed and glorified, we will find the objections to heaven dissolving even as we discover a renewed mandate to care for the world God created.