Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 2):
The universe is indeed moving toward nonexistence in and of itself. Christians must understand that. Polkinghorne writes, "It is not for theology to deny the validity of science's 'horizontal' extrapolation of present physical process, but theology can point out the limited character of the prediction, in that it necessarily fails to take into account the 'vertical' resources, not accessible to scientific thinking" (p. 146). The natural evolutionary process is no cause for optimism. Left to its own processes, the history of the universe will end in futility. There can be no denying this.