The Blogging Parson: Theology and the Future of Humanity – a sketch for a lecture
What will become of us? Or, what will we become? Or, lest the notion of ‘becoming’ sound too passive: what can we become? There is no doubt that the destiny of humanity is rushing up to meet us at a speed unprecedented in human history. We are closer to the future than we ever have been before. A number of meta-narratives compete to describe the future of humanity. Some are infra-historical, and describe the future of human being, in progressive terms, as moving from glory to glory. The genre of this narrative is epic, with Adam cast as the epic hero emerging triumphant from the struggle of history. Others are apocalyptic, and describe the future in terms of an often disastrous rupture with the present, usually on account of human evil or ineptitude. Adam is cast in this narrative as a tragic protagonist, victim of his own nature.