The Two Standpoints
Granted creation, there are two standpoints, that of God the creator, and the standpoint of the intelligent creation. The two standpoints, the eternal and the temporal standpoints, God's eternal immediate perspective, and our own, need to be kept in mind., and to be carefully distinguished. From our standpoint there was a time when God was not incarnate in Jesus Christ, but not from God's own standpoint. The distinction is illustrated from Augustine's treatment of time in Book XI of the Confessions. For him, from God's standpoint the universe is a B-series in the sense that no times are earlier than or later than any others for God. For the creature time is like an A-series, since indexicality is required to enable to us to found our ways through time and space.
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