Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Synopsis

Eternal God offers a powerful defence of the view that God exists in timeless eternity. This is the classical Christian view of God, but it is claimed by many theologians and philosophers of religion to be incoherent. Paul Helm rebuts the charge of incoherence, arguing that divine timelessness is grounded in the idea of God as creator, and that this alone makes possible a proper account of divine omniscience. He develops some of the consequences of divine timelessness, particularly as it affects both divine and human freedom, and considers some of the alleged problems about referring to God. The book thus constitutes a unified treatment of the main concepts of philosophical theology.

Excerpt

Portions of this book have previously appeared in various journals in a different form. Parts of Chapters 3 and 4 first saw the light of day as God and Spacelessness (Philosophy, 55 (1980), 211-21); part of Chapter 6 as Timelessness and Foreknowledge (Mind, 84.336 (1975), 516-27); part of Chapter 7 as God and Whatever Comes to Pass (Religious Studies, 14 (1978), 315-23); part of Chapter 8 as Divine Foreknowledge and Facts (Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 4.2 (1974), 305-15; and part of Chapter 9 as Theism and Freedom (Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie (1979), 139-49).

Thanks are due to Norman Kretzmann who has helped me with specific points about timeless eternity, and to William Young who has provided assistance and encouragement on these themes, and much else, over many years. But I have to add, particularly bearing in mind the arguments advanced in Chapter 9, that the responsibility for the views expressed in this book is mine alone. Joan Stevenson's typing and editorial skills have been, and continue to be, quite indispensable.

The writing of the book was completed during the academic year 1985-6, a sabbatical year generously provided by the University of Liverpool.

P.H.
University of Liverpool

For the 1997 reprint opportunity has been taken to correct several typographical errors, but otherwise the text remains unchanged.

P.H.
King's College, London . . .

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