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The Issue of Divine Eternity

Paul Helm

in Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199590391
eISBN:
9780191595516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590391.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Is divine timelessness a case of the intrusion of Greek thought into Jewish and Christian ideas drawn from Scripture, or is the concept of God's timeless eternity warranted by scriptural texts? It is ... More


Eternity, Immutability, and Omniscience

Paul Helm

in Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199590391
eISBN:
9780191595516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590391.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Omniscience and indexicality of various types are discussed. Can an immutable God know what is happening to me? The indexicality objection to timeless omniscience is reduced to absurdity. ... More


Eternal and Immutable

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198240709
eISBN:
9780191598586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198240708.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

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 ... More


Eternity, Immutability, and Omniscience

Paul Helm

in Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198237259
eISBN:
9780191597671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237251.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The chapter is concerned with the consistency of timeless eternity, omniscience, and immutability. Arguments from certain kinds of proposition and an attempted reductio ad absurdam of the idea are ... More


Thinking Eternally*

Paul Helm

in Augustine's Confessions: Philosophy in Autobiography

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199577552
eISBN:
9780191788871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577552.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy

The chapter examines Augustine’s discussion of time in Book 11 of the Confessions by emphasizing Augustine’s view of thinking eternally. This is preceded by a discussion of Augustine’s dismissal of ... More


Simplicity and Immutability in God

William E. Mann

in God, Modality, and Morality

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199370764
eISBN:
9780199373635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370764.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Moral Philosophy

The doctrine of divine immutability maintains that God is not subject to any kind of change whatsoever. The doctrine follows from God’s eternality, which in turn is a consequence of divine ... More


Immutability and Predication What Aristotle Taught Philo and Augustine

William E. Mann

in God, Modality, and Morality

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199370764
eISBN:
9780199373635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370764.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Moral Philosophy

Aristotle’s Topics and Categories provided subsequent philosophers with some semantic apparatus that could be employed to understand predications made about substances. This chapter examines two ... More


Eternal and Immutable

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism: Second Edition

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198779698
eISBN:
9780191825972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779698.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

God is immutable in his basic character, but this does not mean that he cannot change at all. While the Bible understood God’s eternity as everlastingness, most (but not all) Christian theologians ... More


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