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God and Time : Essays on the Divine Nature - Gregory E. Ganssle

God and Time

Essays on the Divine Nature

By: Gregory E. Ganssle (Editor), David M. Woodruff (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780195129656
Number Of Pages: 268

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Throughout the history of philosophical theology, scholars have reflected on the relationship between God and time. In the Western religious tradition, God has been thought to be eternal, in the sense that God is outside time. But many thinkers today hold that while God is everlasting, in that there was no beginning to God's existence nor will he ever cease existing, God exists within Time.
In God and Time, Gregory E. Ganssle and David Woodruff have brought together 12 previously unpublished essays from leading philosophers on God's relation to time. Including work from today's most prominent thinkers in this fascinating field, God and Time represents the current state of the discussion between those who believe God to be atemporal (experiencing everything in the "eternal now") and those who believe God to be temporal (experiencing events sequentially, somewhat as we do).
This collection highlights such issues as how the nature of time is relevant to the question of whether God is temporal and how God's other attributes are compatible with his mode of temporal being. By focusing on the metaphysical aspects of time and temporal existence, God and Time makes a unique contribution to the current resurgence of interest in philosophical theology in the analytic tradition.

"[E]xibits a rich spectrum of argument concerning the many-faceted issue of God's relation to time...I found no essay in this anthology that lacked intellectual rigor. Accordingly, the volume should serve as an excellent ancillary text for courses in philosophy of religion that focus on divine attributes...I recommend this collection, and must confess that I cannot begin to do justice to its rich argumentation in such a brief review."--The Journal of Religion "God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature is not simply another explication of God's nature. It is a well ordered collection of essays divided into four sections: God's existence, God as a creator, his knowledge, and God's relation to the universe. The selection of essays and authors is as varied and purposeful as its divisions and includes a useful index...Ganssle quickly maps the territory for the reader and clearly demonstrates that temporality is one of the critical foci for contemporary philosophical theology...God and Time is a well balanced contribution to philosophical theology and I enthusiastically recommend this book as a primer to the ongoing God and time discussion...Congratulations to the editors for providing a timely and serviceable resource."--Philosophia Christi "[E]xibits a rich spectrum of argument concerning the many-faceted issue of God's relation to time...I found no essay in this anthology that lacked intellectual rigor. Accordingly, the volume should serve as an excellent ancillary text for courses in philosophy of religion that focus on divine attributes...I recommend this collection, and must confess that I cannot begin to do justice to its rich argumentation in such a brief review."--The Journal of Religion "God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature is not simply another explication of God's nature. It is a well ordered collection of essays divided into four sections: God's existence, God as a creator, his knowledge, and God's relation to the universe. The selection of essays and authors is as varied and purposeful as its divisions and includes a useful index...Ganssle quickly maps the territory for the reader and clearly demonstrates that temporality is one of the critical foci for contemporary philosophical theology...God and Time is a well balanced contribution to philosophical theology and I enthusiastically recommend this book as a primer to the ongoing God and time discussion...Congratulations to the editors for providing a timely and serviceable resource."--Philosophia Christi

Acknowledgments
Contributorsp. xi
God and Timep. 0
God's Eternal Naturep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 17
The Eternal Presentp. 21
Notesp. 43
God's Temporal Mode of Beingp. 49
Notesp. 59
God, Time, and Creationp. 64
On the Impossibility of Retrocausationp. 65
Notesp. 72
God Inside Time and Before Creationp. 75
Notesp. 90
An Atheist Explanation of Spacetimep. 95
Notesp. 122
The Elimination of Absolute Time by the Special Theory of Relativityp. 129
Notesp. 147
The Nature of Divine Knowledgep. 152
On the Alleged Incoherence of Divine Timelessnessp. 153
Notesp. 162
Direct Awareness and God's Experience of a Temporal Nowp. 165
Notesp. 180
The Absence of a Timeless Godp. 182
Notesp. 202
God's Relation to the Worldp. 206
The Problem of Dialoguep. 207
Notesp. 218
Incarnation, Timelessness, and Leibniz's Law Problemsp. 220
Notesp. 234
On the Incarnation of a Timeless Godp. 236
Notesp. 246
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780195129656
ISBN-10: 0195129652
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.52