The End of the World (#907)

"No humans who lived before were actually capable of wiping the human race from existence (by) screwing things up so badly and permanently." Wayne's been listening to a podcast about the existential risks to humanity's future, including nuclear war, artificial intelligence run amuck, virology lab accidents or misuse, unintended consequences of super-collider experiments, natural disasters, climate change, or even an asteroid or gamma ray surge from space. Many scientists are talking seriously about the challenges we'll face to survive as a species for the next 100 to 150 years. Wayne invites Kyle to consider with him what these risks and the current state of our world hold for God's children, and we can respond with faith in his working rather than fear of uncertainty.

Podcast Notes:



  1. I thought there was some New Testament passage that speaks of those upon whom has come the “end of the age.” Was I thinking of 1 Peter 4:7?

    • You may be thinking of I Corinthians 10:11 – “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

  2. Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but one word comes to mind: polycrisis.

  3. Excellent podcast. During the part when you were talking about the negative long term affects of some of humanities creations like social media etc this thought came to mind, obtaining the knowledge of good and evil without first maturing into a trusting dependent relationship with God gives way to, among other things, certainty and arrogance. We have the perception of good and evil but apart from relationship with God even our best intended decisions for good can have horrific consequences.

    “Ignorance isn’t the absence of certainty. Most ignorant people are quite certain.” Richard Rohr

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