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George Pattison

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588688.001.0001

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Time and Space

Time and Space

(p.103) 3 Time and Space
God and Being

George Pattison (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Augustine sees time is inherently corrosive of true Being, and the aim of Christian life is identification with the self-sameness of divine Being. Hegel and Kierkegaard reverse this valuation and inaugurate a new modern idea of Christian selfhood in which being in time is integral to living religiously. But does this mean abandoning a relation to the eternal? The problem is sharpened by Heidegger's focus on death as the ultimate term and challenge of temporal existence. However, Heidegger's ‘nihilism’ is challenged by others and is qualified in his own later thought, where the poet is seen as offering a revelation of the divine that grounds historical fulfilment. This possibility is explored through T. S. Eliot and Edwin Muir. In a final section the question of the relationship between time and space is introduced, a topic often ignored in modern theology with its characteristic ‘historical’ orientation.

Keywords:   time, the eternal, self, existence, Dasein, death, space, place

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