I am Mormon. What I take away from this conversation is the awesomeness of the universe and its creator. Mr. Rees' discussion reminded me of the Mormon doctrine of Eternal Progression. A famous Mormon maxim from President Lorenzo Snow says, “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” No official Mormon Church teaching attempts to specify all the ways in which God progresses in his exalted spheres; "there is no end to [His] works, neither to [His] words" (Moses 1:38). God's glory and power are enhanced as his children progress in glory and power (see Moses 1:39). The concept of eternal progression is a salient feature of the gospel of Jesus Christ that distinguishes it from traditional Christian theology. Latter-day Saints not only seek personal and righteous improvement in this world but anticipate the continuation of progression eternally. While this concept is surely not part of Lord Martin Rees' views, his discussion reminded me of this doctrine from my religious tradition. One of our traditional hymns includes these lines, "...... No man has found 'pure space,' Nor seen the outside curtains, Where nothing has a place. The works of God continue, And worlds and lives abound; Improvement and progression Have one eternal round....."
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