Chapter

And then…

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/9780199590391.003.0012
And then…

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W.L. Craig has made the interesting suggestion that God is timelessly eternal sans creation, but given the creation, thereafter he is in time. The chapter offers a set of critical reflections on this. It is argued that the proposal is not straightforwardly incoherent. It nonetheless has odd features. It makes timeless eternity a contingent feature of God's existence. Had there been no creation then God would have been timelessly eternal. But if we think of timelessness as a mode of God's being then perhaps certain of his powers could become temporal, others not. Then God could continue to be timelessly eternal in certain respects even upon creating. The basic difficulty with the proposal is to give some content to each of God's alleged phases.

Keywords: W. L. Craig; timeless eternity; creation; phases; mode of being

Chapter.  6058 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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