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Omniscience and the Future

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/9780199590391.003.0007
Omniscience and the Future

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The alternative hypothesis, that God is in time, is explored. Does it fare any better over problems of indexicality and divine foreknowledge? Is such a God's lack of foreknowledge of free actions simply an act of self-denial on his part? Swinburne's claims, in which a central place is given to human indeterministic freedom, are discussed. Maintaining such freedom strongly motivates the idea of God's being in time. A.N. Prior and Peter Geach argue that the future is logically indeterminate, and so now unknowable even to God. But it is hard to see how Geach, consistent with his views about the future, can nevertheless argue that God has complete control of the future, and so can be faithful to his promises.

Keywords: indexicality; the future; free actions; indeterministic freedom; A.N. Prior; Peter Geach

Chapter.  6035 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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