DAVID BIRNBAUM METAPHYSICS
DAVID BIRNBAUM PHILOSOPHY
Using one of our basic assumptions, that HUMAN parallels COSMIC, one can conjecture that there is a possibility of perpetual rebirth to (at least portions of)
In physics, there is a (cyclic) school of thinking along these lines, as well.*B
Our Infinite Divinitude ultimately pierces through the possible various cosmic births and deaths. It is this Infinite Divinitude which is necessary for Cosmic birth to begin with. But, as articulated, the primary fount of the Infinitude is its cumulative future potential.
Thus, not only does the human spirit potentially transcend one’s death; it even ultimately potentially transcends the Death and rebirth ad infinitum (hopefully), of components of the cosmos itself.
*A The Midrash/Kabbala talk about cosmic cycles. According to
this (hitherto) esoteric school of thought, we may be in the 4th or 5th or 6th cosmic cycle.
*B See also encyclopedia entries for Cyclic Model Cosmology:
# Paul Steinhardt; Neil Turok 2002
# Lauris Baum; Paul Frampton 2007
Note that, respectfully, Summa does not take a position on whether or not the cosmos is cyclic.