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God and TimeEssays on the Divine Nature$
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Gregory E. Ganssle and David M. Woodruff

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129656.001.0001

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Timelessness out of Mind on the Alleged Incoherence of Divine Timelessness

Timelessness out of Mind on the Alleged Incoherence of Divine Timelessness

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God and Time

Edward R. Wierenga

Oxford University Press

According to an ancient strand in Christian thought, God has a unique perspective on all of history: he sees everything that ever happens all at once. God's unique perspective is taken as a key component of his special mode of existence, eternity or timelessness. The opposing view is that God is not eternal, but everlasting; he is not timeless, but in time. In recent years it seems to have reached the status of a new orthodoxy among philosophers of religion. This chapter raises doubts about the objections in the literature to the doctrine of divine timelessness or the reasons in favor of divine temporality. In fact, the main considerations advanced in favor of divine temporality are objections to divine eternity. The latter fall into two categories: the first appeals to claims about required changes in what God knows; the second appeals to claims about divine action in the world.

Keywords:   God, time, eternity, divine temporality

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