Chapter

Eternal and Immutable

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198240708.003.0012

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Eternal and Immutable

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God is immutable in his basic character, but this does not mean that he cannot change at all. He is eternal, but this is to be understood as everlasting, not as ‘outside time’. If we take all the properties analysed in Part 2 of this book together, God is to be conceived as a ‘personal ground of being’. There could only be more than one such personal ground if all such grounds were dependent for their existence on the first ground. That leaves open the possibility that God is a Trinity.

Keywords: eternity; God; immutability; timelessness; trinity

Chapter.  8674 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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