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Eternal God / Saving Time

George Pattison


Starting from the assumption that ‘time is the horizon of the meaning of Being’ (Heidegger), the book attempts to discover what the central religious idea of eternity or of God as ‘the Eternal’ might mean today. Negotiating ideas of divine timelessness and sempiternity (everlastingness) as well as the attempts of some philosophers to develop the idea of a temporal God, the book surveys a range of positions from analytic philosophy and from the Continental tradition from Spinoza through Hegel to the present. Intellectual and cultural forces have tended to separate time and eternity, and both ph ... More

Keywords: time, temporality, the Eternal, eternity, God, utopia, hope, promise, salvation, solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Pattison, author
1640 Professor of Divinity, University of Glasgow