Divine Foreknowledge and the Arrow of Time

Alan G. Padgett

in God and Time

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195129656
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849130 | DOI:
Divine Foreknowledge and the Arrow of Time

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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

Chapter.  5352 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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