God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity / Edition 1

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Those who think about time are thinking deeply. Those who think about God are thinking even more deeply still. To try to think about both at once is to press the very limits of human understanding. Undeterred, this is precisely the project which William Lane Craig sets for himsel f in this study: to try to grasp the nature of divine eternity, to und erstand what is meant by the affirmation that God is eternal, to formu late a coherent doctrine of God's relationship with time. In this high ly original and ground-breaking work, Craig brings together discussion s in the philosophy of time and space, philosophy of language, phenome nology, philosophy of science, Special and General Relativity, classic al cosmology, quantum mechanics, and so forth, with the concerns of ph ilosophy of religion and theology, in order to craft a philosophically informed and scientifically tenable doctrine of divine eternity and G od's relationship to time.

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"William Craig makes a persuasive case for the A- (tensed) theory of time and against the B- (tenseless) theory of time. … Craig’s scholarly work, which expertly integrates philosophy, science, and theology, deserves to be read widely." (Paul Copan, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LVI (223), 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402000119
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/30/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: The Nature of Divine Eternity. Section 1: Arguments for Divine Timelessness. 1. The Case for Divine Timelessness. Section 2: Arguments for Divine Temporality. 2. Timelessness and Personhood. 3. Timelessness and Divine Action. 4. Timelessness and Divine Knowledge. Conclusion. Part II: God and Time. Section 1: God, Time, and its Measures. 5. The Classical Concept of Time. 6. God's Time and Relativistic Time. 7. God, Time, and Relativity. Section 2: God, Time, and Creation. 8. Creatio ex nihilo. 9. God and the Beginning of Time. Conclusion. Bibliography. Subject Index. Proper Name Index.
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