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God and TimeEssays on the Divine Nature$
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Gregory E. Ganssle and David M. Woodruff

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129656.001.0001

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The Absence of a Timeless God

The Absence of a Timeless God

(p.182) 9 The Absence of a Timeless God
God and Time

William Hasker

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief exposition of divine timelessness, emphasizing the particular aspects of the doctrine that are crucial for the present discussion. Then the argument is presented to show that a timeless God cannot be present — in particular, that a timeless God cannot have “immediate knowledge” of the created world. This is followed by a discussion of several different attempts, by adherents of timelessness, to show that the argument fails and that a timeless God can indeed be present in the sense that the argument denies. In the course of responding to these objections, it considers additional reasons why the aspects of the doctrine of timelessness that generate the problem are essential to that doctrine and cannot well be abandoned while retaining timelessness itself.

Keywords:   God, divine timelessness, immediate knoweldge

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