Eternal Progression In a Multiverse : An Explorative Mormon Cosmology
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Hagen examines the Mormon belief of eternal progression "within the context of the big-bang cosmology." Though the big-bang theory seems to contradict the idea of eternal progression, Hagen feels that most of these contradictions can be put to rest by examining the idea of a multiplicty of universes or mulitverse cosmology. The doctrine of eternal progression, or the belief that we can become like God, is first examined followed by an explanation and history of the big-bang model. He discusses the two together stating that one of the main contradictions between the big-bang model and eternal progression is that "a single universe with a finite size and finite age cannot facilitate an infinite number of beings who have no beginning or end in time." A multiverse cosmology can solve the issue of space, but the idea of infinity is still difficult to comprehend. Such a cosmology also poses new questions such as: How many universes has God governed?; Did our Father in Heaven achieve exaltation in this universe or another?; Is Jesus Christ a savior to multiple universes? In the end, faith is still required to "affirm" the believe in eternal progression.