Will There be Football in Heaven?

Why is considering football in heaven so important? Because it reveals an essential element that makes heaven heaven.

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Byran Appley, a doctoral  candidate in philosophy at the University of Iowa.


I love football.  I love the physicality of it.  I love watching the balance of the different body types, in peak physical condition, testing themselves against each other in a safe(r) form of combat.  I love it.

I’m not sure if I love the idea of football.  Sure, the strategy is interesting.  Sure it’s really cool to watch the aspect of the game that is an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator locked in a battle of wits.

But football, without the physicality of it and without the actual physical bodies down there on the field, would be something less.  It would be incomplete.  It just wouldn’t be the same.

I think the intuition here points to something we should all realize about heaven.  Heaven isn’t complete, the ultimate consummation of all things isn’t a consummation of all things without the physicality of it.

We’re human beings.  We’re made of matter. We are biological organisms.  If heaven is meant to be a state of ultimate perfection, it will have to be a state of ultimate perfection of us as biological organisms.

Don’t listen to the Platonic nonsense that the afterlife is a life of floating in “Plato’s Heaven” without the hindrance of our bodies.  Without bodies, it just ain’t heaven (Just like football just isn’t the same without the physicality of it).

Now, will there be football in heaven?  I don’t know.  But I do know that God is a fan of the Hawkeyes. :)

Editor’s Note: More than likely God is more of a Huskers fan, but for all we know, he may just prefer a game of hacky sack.


Brandon Wall is the creator and general editor of Thriving Men. He is married to Philly Wall and they have three children. He has a M.A. in Philosophy and is currently working on M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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  1. Anonymous May 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Please let it be Notre Dame :).

    • Brandon Wall May 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      I suppose you’re right. They are doing a lot better these days. :)

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