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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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Divine Foreknowledge and the Arrow of Time

Divine Foreknowledge and the Arrow of Time

On the Impossibility of Retrocausation

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(p.64) (p.65) 3 Divine Foreknowledge and the Arrow of Time
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God and Time
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Alan G. Padgett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195129656.003.0004

Recent discussion of divine foreknowledge has raised again the old issue of whether or not it is possible to bring about the past, that is, to cause the past to be what it was. This chapter argues that such backward causation against time, or retrocausation, is impossible and thus cannot help us out of the problem of divine foreknowledge and human freedom. However, this should close the door to only one of many ways of solving this dilemma.

Keywords:   God, past, causation, time

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