|"Can you spare a couple of minutes, Lollo? I need some help."|
From an eschatological perspective, a finely tuned universe that anticipated human life, also known as the Anthropic Principle, can be understood as a cosmic type of the proleptic action of God so that the transition from complexity to life and the various processes of evolutionary convergence are signs foreshadowing in general the redemptive transformation of living creatures in the age to come. The emergence of life thus proleptically portends the resurrection of living, conscious, and embodied beings in the eschaton.
Amos Yong, The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal–Charismatic Imagination (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), p. 165
I’ve read this quotation a number of times now, and still I’m not entirely sure what Yong is saying. The best I can muster is this:
The emergence of complex life, from amoeba to Homo sapiens, itself foreshadows or anticipates the inauguration of the new creation from the old, something that is also the work of the Spirit.
If this is what Yong means, then I hope no-one thinks me conceited when I say that my summary is a hell of a lot clearer than the original sentence.
On a slightly different note: It seems that Amos Yong is one of the keynote speakers at next year’s meeting of the SST.