Faith and Philosophy 35 (2):157-172 (2018)

David Vander Laan
Westmont College
In much of Christian thought humans are taken to have an ultimate end, understood as the highest attainable good. Christians also anticipate “the life everlasting.” Together these ideas generate a paradox. If the end can be reached in a finite amount of time, some longer-lasting state will be better still, so the purported end is not the highest good after all. But if the end is to possess some good forever, then it will never be reached. So it seems an everlasting being cannot have an ultimate end—a conclusion that apparently makes human life pointless. How can the paradox be solved?
Keywords telos  everlasting  paradox  heaven  end  eternal life
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil201832699
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