Re: [asa] Multi-worlds, parallel histories, and theology

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Fri Mar 21 2008 - 21:59:31 EDT

Your 2d paragraph assumes that the Incarnation was contingent on human sin. I think that that is not the case, but that the Incarnation is the purpose of creation - cf. Eph.1:10. (I am very happy to have excised from the Exsultet at our Easter Vigil tomorrow the line "O happy fault that deserved to have so great a redeemer." That doesn't express a profound mystery, as sometimes thought, but just a misconception. We didn't earn Christ's taking flesh by sinning!)


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From: "Dehler, Bernie" <>
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Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 6:13 PM
Subject: RE: [asa] Multi-worlds, parallel histories, and theology

Christine- to take it further- could there be a world were God forgives
Satan? He forgives everyone? No need for hell?

Also, in a world where the fall never happened, Christ never came to die
on the cross, so there would be no relationship with Christ. If the
fruit of the "knowledge of good and evil" were never eaten, would
everyone be perpetually ignorant?

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From: [] On
Behalf Of Christine Smith
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 6:36 AM
Subject: [asa] Multi-worlds, parallel histories, and theology

Hi all,

I was pondering the multi-worlds hypothesis last
night, and came across a question that I don't think
has yet been specifically addressed on the listserv

As I understand it, the multi-worlds hypothesis states
that there is just one universe (with one set of
physical laws), but that within this universe, every
possible outcome at a quantum level (and by extension,
the macroscale level) occurs. Assuming my
understanding is correct, would this imply that in
other "worlds", Biblical events such as the Babylonian
exile, the crucifixition and resurrection of Christ,
the conversion of Paul, etc. would not happen?
Likewise, would that imply that of the multiple copies
of "me" in other worlds, some would be Christian and
some would not? What would this then imply about the
nature of heaven and hell, and of God's plan of
salvation? Indeed, would there be some worlds where
"the fall" never happened?

In short, although multi-worlds could be broadly
consistent with Christianity (or perhaps Theism is the
better term here) in the sense that it does not
contradict the doctrine of God as a sovereign Creator
of a rational universe, how would/could it be
consistent with other Christian doctrines, if at all?

In Christ,
Christine (ASA member)

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