ISBN : 9780198755180
The claim that God is timeless has been the majority view throughout church history. However, it is not obvious that divine timelessness is compatible with fundamental Christian doctrines such as creation and incarnation. Theologians have long been aware of the conflict between divine timelessness and Christian doctrine, and various solutions to these conflicts have been developed. In contemporary thought, it is widely agreed that new theories on the nature of time can further help solve these conflicts. Do these solutions actually solve the conflict? Can the Christian God be timeless? The End of the Timeless God sets forth a thorough investigation into the Christian understanding of God and the God-world relationship. It argues that the Christian God cannot be timeless.
Preface: Why Bother Thinking About God and Time?
2. What is Time?
3. What is Eternity?
4. Presentism, Omniscience, and the Timeless God
5. Presentism, Creation, and the Timeless God
6. Divine Timelessness and Four-Dimensional Eternalism
7. The Incarnation of the Timeless God