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What Is Divine Eternity?

Paul Helm

in Eternal God

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590391
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590391.003.0002
What Is Divine Eternity?

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The coherence of the idea of divine timeless eternity is discussed. God may understand temporal indexicals without himself being in time. It is a mistake to think that God's timelessly eternal knowledge that A is later than B means that, because A and B are both timelessly known by God, then A is in fact simultaneous with B. Stump and Kretzmann's proposal regarding their idea of ET-simultaneity is rejected as being entirely ad hoc and without any independent merit. The use of expressions such as ‘foreknowledge’ as applied to God are inevitable given the soeaker's position in time. God has relations with his creatures, but he does not have temporal relations.

Keywords: timeless eternity; coherence; temporal indexicals; ET-simultaneity

Chapter.  6217 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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