God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature / Edition 1

God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature / Edition 1

by Gregory E. Ganssle
     
 

Throughout the history of philosophical theology, scholars have reflected on the relationship between God and time. In the Western religious tradition, God has been thought to be eternal, in the sense that God is outside time. But many thinkers today hold that while God is everlasting, in that there was no beginning to God's existence nor will he ever cease

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Throughout the history of philosophical theology, scholars have reflected on the relationship between God and time. In the Western religious tradition, God has been thought to be eternal, in the sense that God is outside time. But many thinkers today hold that while God is everlasting, in that there was no beginning to God's existence nor will he ever cease existing, God exists within Time.

In God and Time, Gregory E. Ganssle and David Woodruff have brought together 12 previously unpublished essays from leading philosophers on God's relation to time. Including work from today's most prominent thinkers in this fascinating field, God and Time represents the current state of the discussion between those who believe God to be atemporal (experiencing everything in the "eternal now") and those who believe God to be temporal (experiencing events sequentially, somewhat as we do).

This collection highlights such issues as how the nature of time is relevant to the question of whether God is temporal and how God's other attributes are compatible with his mode of temporal being. By focusing on the metaphysical aspects of time and temporal existence, God and Time makes a unique contribution to the current resurgence of interest in philosophical theology in the analytic tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195129656
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction3
Pt. IGod's Eternal Nature
1The Eternal Present21
2Atemporal, Sempiternal, or Omnitemporal: God's Temporal Mode of Being49
Pt. IIGod, Time, and Creation
3Divine Foreknowledge and the Arrow of Time: On the Impossibility of Retrocausation65
4God inside Time and before Creation75
5Time Was Created by a Timeless Point: An Atheist Explanation of Spacetime95
6The Elimination of Absolute Time by the Special Theory of Relativity129
Pt. IIIThe Nature of Divine Knowledge
7Timelessness out of Mind: On the Alleged Incoherence of Divine Timelessness153
8Direct Awareness and God's Experience of a Temporal Now165
9The Absence of a Timeless God182
Pt. IVGod's Relation to the World
10The Problem of Dialogue207
11Incarnation, Timelessness, and Leibniz's Law Problems220
12On the Incarnation of a Timeless God236
Index249

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