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Time and Eternity was one of his first books about the philosophy of religion and mysticism, after writing throughout most of the 1930s and 1940s that was influenced by phenomenalist philosophy. Traditionally, the Christian church has taken it to mean 'timeless'. See also John Donnelly, 'Creatio ex nihilo', in Logical Analysis and Contemporary Theism, ed. 1:4).' Please try again. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. [5] Barr's basic contention is that, 'A valid biblical theology can be built only upon the statements of the Bible, and not on the words of the Bible.' Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. But if we reject the Aristotelian metaphysical doctrine of substance and accidents, then it seems foolish to say God is not really related to the world as Creator to creature. God's existence "prior to" or sans creation would not entail the existence of time if God in such a state is changeless. Enjoy a wide variety of funny Christian jokes, good clean jokes, and family safe jokes and religious humor. As Swinburne explains, ...since God coexists with the world and in the world there is change, surely there is a case for saying that God continues to exist for an endless time, rather than that he is timeless. Please try again. Paint a painting and Time will fade it. In the same way, to say there was a time when the universe did not exist does not imply there was such a time, but only that we can mentally conceive of such a time. Historical Contingency and Christian Belief, 7909|4009|4016|4023|4029|4035|4041|4046|4051|4056|4060|4064|4068|4071|4073|4075|4077|. The nature of time is a continuing source of puzzlement both to science and in everyday life. Craig (Author) 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. If God sustains any relations to the world, does not this imply that he exists in time? To say there is no time before the first event is like saying there is no temperature -273 C. Both express limits beyond which only the mind can travel. If God is really related to the world, then it seems most reasonable to maintain that God is in time subsequent to creation. Scripture: Psalms 103:15-18. Second, if the relationalist is correct, then an infinite time does not elapse prior to creation, because time begins at creation. As part of God’s creation, we are subject to time. R. L. Sturch, 'The Problem of Divine Eternity', Religious Studies X (1974), 492. ISBN-10: 1402000111. As a result, God's eternity, says Cullmann, must be expressed in terms of endless time. Eternity is the full expression of what we have created in time. Oscar Cullmann, Christ and Time (London: SCM Press, 1962), p. xxvi. God designed us to live in Eternity. There does not appear to be, therefore, any absurdity in the notion of a beginning of time. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Or is God's relationship to time much more like ours, so that God's eternality just consists in there being no time at which God doesn't exist? His discussion of the interrelated scientific, philosophical, and theological issues clears up many previous misconceptions and proposes a plausible understanding of the relation of God to time and eternity that many will find helpful.--George EllisProfessor of Mathematics and Applied MathematicsUniversity of Capetown. The question before us concerns the relationship of God to time. Conclusion : Prior to creation, God is outside of time. . ..if such a thing as a Christian doctrine of time has to be developed, the work of discussing it and developing it must belong not to biblical but to philosophical theology'. Isaiah proclaims God as "the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity" (Isa. A relational view of time seems superior to a Newtonian view because (1) it is difficult to see how time could exist apart from events and (2) the Newtonian objection that every instant of time implies a prior instant is adequately answered by the relational view. Time and Eternity deals with difficult issues in modern physics and brings them into relation with traditional theological doctrines. Because God is absolutely simple, he has no accidents and, hence, no real relations. ISBN. Presumably to such thinkers the beginning of the temporal series of events would not entail a beginning to time itself. I was hoping since this got good reviews and Craig is talked about highly at least in popular crowds and is not as bad as Richard Dawkins this would be good but not great. Ian Hinckfuss also argues that if the universe were frozen into immobility, there would still be time because temporal duration and measurement are not dependent upon the continuous operation of a clock throughout that time. P. J. Zwart, About Time (Amsterdam and Oxford: North Holland Publishing Co., 1976), p. 237. Check out these titles from Crossway that cover a wide range of topics. It knows linear time only…' [2] He maintains, 'Primitive Christianity knows nothing of a timeless God. . [27] Soren Kierkegaard called this the Absolute Paradox; this is the contradiction of existence: the presence of the Eternal in time, how God can enter the space-time world without ceasing to be the Eternal. That this model requires creatio ex nihilo is explained by Fred Hoyle, Astronomy and Cosmology (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman & Co., 1975), p. 658. A man was taking it easy, lying on the grass and looking up at the clouds. Are there, then, good philosophical arguments for preferring one of these competing notions of God's eternity to the other? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2016. Given the superiority of a relational over a non-relational (Newtonian) view of time, God ought to be considered as timeless sans creation and temporal subsequent to creation. I think that there are. The Lord Jesus Christ continually lived in time for our sakes, and in eternity by His very nature. So the question whether time is finite or infinite may be reduced to the question whether the series of events is finite or infinite. He was identifying shapes when he decided to talk to God. On the other hand, those who adhere to a relational view of time generally take the beginning of events to be synonymous with the beginning of time itself. When a physicist says there are no temperatures lower than absolute zero, the use of 'lower than' does not presuppose there actually are such temperatures, but only that we can conceive it in our minds. He doesn't exist now, but He exists simply timelessly. God's existence "prior to" or sans creation would not entail the existence of time if God in such a state is changeless. It seems, then, that time is something good and well-suited for God’s creation. He argues that this is incorrect because prior to causing the first effect, the uncaused cause existed for infinite time. [11] Therefore, Newton's claims about Absolute Time were correct. I just finished reading the book Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time by William Lane Craig. Those who try to think about God and time are pressing the very limits of human understanding. A variant on the above view is expressed by Lawrence Sklar, whose theories of time are heavily influenced by relativity theory. Theologians and philosophers may speculate, but our finite capacity for understanding will never fully grasp the nature of God’s relationship to time and eternity. [29] Hence, God exists timelessly, unrelated to creatures, while creatures in time change in their relations to him. BY Dr. John Koessler Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. For prior to the universe's beginning, if there was nothing at all, not even space, then it would certainly seem to be true that there was no time either. Thomas Aquinas attempted to solve this problem by arguing that while creatures are really related to God, God sustains no real relation to creatures. G. J. Whitrow, What is Time? [31]. If time coexists with events, then an origin of time merely implies a beginning of the universe. God is simply timeless before the first event. As we have seen, the human mind, for Augustine, is extended in time. Eternity. A young man came to W. E. Gladstone when he was Prime Minister of England and said, Mr. Gladstone, I would appreciate your giving me a few minutes in which I might lay before you my plans for the future. Taking sharp issue with Cullmann's study, James Barr has shown that the biblical data are not determinative. Yes, said the great statesman, and what then? I am unable to make my way back to eternity, but God can reach into time from eternity, touch me and draw me back. Also languages being temporal is not a very good argument without looking into semantics of lanuage and other things pretty extensively which he does not do. It is also an important issue in theological understandings of the nature of God. But what does that mean? This doctrine receives philosophical confirmation from arguments demonstrating the absurdity of an infinite temporal regress of events [8] and empirical confirmation from the evidence for the so-called 'big-bang' model of the universe. God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity (v. 2) 2001st Edition by W.L. Once temporal persons were created, God would then begin to experience temporal personal relationships with them. 72-3. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity. For in the eternal and changeless love relationship between the persons of the Trinity, we see how a truly personal God could exist timelessly, entirely sufficient within himself. Now let’s look at our true nature and see what a difference a change in perspective can make. Hackett, Theism, pp. God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity William Lane Craig (auth.) The physical universe itself may have had a beginning – but this can only be true if there is a period of time before the beginning during which the universe did not exist. This serves effectively to rebut the objection of Julian Wolfe to the kalam cosmological argument 'Infinite Regress and the Cosmological Argument', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion II (1971), 246-9. [3] As a result, God's eternity, says Cullmann, must be expressed in terms of endless time. Sturch argues that in order to avoid an infinite temporal regress of states of consciousness, God's knowledge must be timeless. Swinburne argues that time, like space, is of logical necessity unbounded. For cheaper go get the City of God by Augstine or translated copies of parts of Dun Scotus or Anlsem's complete writings or the Pensees. John Donnelly (New York: Fordham University Press, 1972), pp. Time And Eternity: Cast Away Series Contributed by J John on Dec 20, 2007 (message contributor) based on 14 ratings (rate this sermon) | 8,944 views. '. Whitrow remarks in this connection that many people have difficulty imagining a beginning to time because they think of it as a boundary similar to a boundary of space. Those who think about God T are thinking even more deeply still. The idea of a 'time before time' is a mental construction only, a product of the imagination. Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2011. God and … [16] Accordingly, he regards time and space as inextricably bound up together in spacetime. He could apprehend the whole content of the temporal series in a single eternal intuition, just as I analogously apprehend all the parts of a circle in a single sensory intuition. The book offers a plausible argument for a realistic conception of temporal process and for God's involvement in the temporal distinctions and processes because of His presence in His creation.--Wolfhart PannenbergProfessor of Systematic TheologyLudwig Maximilliens Universitaet-Muenchen, Germany, As a scientist doing theoretical research in gravitational physics and quantum cosmology, I found Dr. Craig's thoughtful book highly interesting. How this is understood depends on which definition of eternity is used. Yes, young man, and what then? In this book, he combines his expertise in these areas to produce an original, erudite, and accessible theory of time and God that will be of great interest to both the general public and scholars. David Swenson (Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1936), pp. On one hand, God may exist in eternity. [6] When this is done, the biblical data are inconclusive: '. The crucial premise is, in Wolfe's opinion, that an infinite time cannot elapse. Build a building and Time tears it down. Thus the fact that time is a relation among objects or experiences of a successive character voids the objection that the beginning of the world implies an antecedent void time: for time, as such a relation of succession among experiences or objective processes, has no existence whatever apart from these experiences or processes themselves. Facebook; Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. For suppose the universe never came to exist - would there still be time? . He has authored or edited over thirty books and is the founder of ReasonableFaith.org, a web-based apologetics ministry. “Theism” will here refer to the view that there is a Godwho is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent, who created theworld, and who is still actively involved in the world.In philosophical discussions about God and time, the term“eternity” has been used in different ways. Denomination: *other. Given that the universe began to exist, a relational view of time suggests that time also began to exist. We might want to say that time does not exist until an event occurs, but when the event does occur, there is a sort of retroactive effect causing past time to spring into being. There are a few modern authors who hold to the independent status of time apart from events, and they are thus the heirs of the Newtonian conception of absolute time. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. At the beginning of time no past tense statements could be made, since there was no past. And a relation of before and after is the primitive relation of which time consists. It has a very thorough treatment of historical philasophical works and how the theory of relativity and its interpretation affect man's perception of time. On one usage,which will be followed here, “eternity” stands for therelationship to time that God has, whatever it is. God’s eternity does not go by with the time of the created world. This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The primary question of the book is: Can God rightfully be considered timeless or temporal? Stuart Hackett argues, Time is merely a relation among objects that are apprehended in an order of succession or that objectively exist in such an order: time is a form of perceptual experience and of objective processes in the external (to the mind) world. Thus, on a Newtonian view of time, the universe arises in an absolute, undifferentiated time, while on a relational view of time, it comes into existence with time. As St. John Paul II explained: [H]is eternity . BIBLIOGRAPHY: H.A. Something went wrong. These, then, are the alternatives. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. In religions where eternity is radically contrasted with time, time is seen as an illusion, or utterly subjective, or an ephemeral episode. That the Universe, if real, must be finite in Both Space and Time', Philosophy, XLVI (1971),121-32. These are difficult conundrums, and it is at least an open question as to whether a beginning of events necessitates a beginning of time. Brian Ellis, 'Has the universe a beginning in time? This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. R. G. Swinburne, Space and Time (London: Macmillan, 1968), pp.207-8. It is magnificently designed for life on earth, right now, with all its pressures and problems, its joys and tears. Following creation, God is in time. [26] On a Newtonian view of time, God would exist changelessly in an undifferentiated time prior to creation. [24] But Hackett argues convincingly that a personal God need not experience a temporal succession of mental states. If a person believes that time exists apart from events such that if there were no events there would still be time, then our argument does not entail prima facie a beginning to time. Although space would not exist without physical objects, time would. It is in this sense that He could speak of Himself while on earth as "the Son of man which is in heaven" (John 3:13). The practical applications of the doctrine constitute the most striking part of Charnock’s exposition, and three in particular stand out. J. R. Lucas, A Treatise on Time and Space (London: Methuen & Co., 1973), pp. But, he adds, without physical objects, time could not be measured: one could not distinguish an hour from a day in a period of time without objects. Craig argues his case philosophically by carefully weighing evidence for and against divine temporality and personhood in light of dynamic versus static theories of time and their warrants, in turn, in a Lorentzian interpretation of special relativity and an objective, mind-independent theory of becoming, including fascinating excursions into Big Bang cosmology and the philosophy of mathematics. is not the old gibe noted by Augustine: 'He was preparing hell for those who pry into mysteries' , but rather, 'He was enjoying the fullness of divine personal relationships, with an eternal determination for the temporal creation and salvation of human persons.' It might be asserted that even on the relational view of time there can be time prior to the first event because one may abstract from individual events to consider the whole universe as a sort of event which occurs at its creation. According to this view, God’s relation to time is like that of His relation to physical space. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. It is a rewarding experience to read through this brilliant and well-researched book by one of the most learned and creative thinkers of our era.--Quentin SmithProfessor of Philosophy, Western Michigan University. God simply transcends time; He doesn't exist in time. pressed Gladstone. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. But the case with time is different because we cannot travel freely in time as in space. Craig. 57:15). The "eternal" God is he who was in the beginning, is now, and will be in all the future, "who is, who was, and who will be" (Rev. Please try again. This remarkable work offers an analytical exploration of the nature of divine eternity and God's relationship to time. Eternity is an existence that exceeds time. Theists say that God is eternally existent. He has carefully given arguments defending several different viewpoints for each of the many issues about time that he discusses, followed by critiques in which he emphasizes his own opinion. But this doctrine is singularly unconvincing. R. G. Swinburne, 'The Timelessness of God', Church Quarterly Review CLXVI (1965), 331. When we say things like "God is timeless" or "God has no beginning or end," we are trying to explain God in terms of a dimension by which He is not constrained. The Bible teaches clearly that God is eternal. ', Australasian Journal of Philosophy XXXIII (1955), 33. In contrast to the pagan deities of Israel's neighbors, the Lord never came into … The Bible … Thus, the proper understanding of God, time, and eternity would be that God exists changelessly and timelessly prior to creation and in time after creation. His work with us is not finished in this life. God is the 'high and lofty One who inhabits eternity', declared the prophet Isaiah, but exactly how we are to understand the notion of eternity is not clear. When the first event occurred, the first moment of time began. To a scientist, time is a relatively simple matter, but when one gets into the Bible time has qualitative and subjective aspects---there is much more to consider. . Will that change in eternity? The extent of my philosophy background includes courses in introductory philosophy and logic in undergraduate school many years ago, two analytics courses in graduate school, supplemented by infrequent reading in the genre of philosophy and physics over several decades. Eternity is not, as in Platonic and Neoplatonic thought, supratemporal or nontemporal. [4] Barr thinks that Genesis may very well teach that time was created along with the universe, and that God may be thought of as timeless. A second is no different from an eon; a billion years pass like seconds to the eternal God. On the big-bang model see P. J. E. Peebles, Physical Cosmology (Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1971); S. Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology (New York, Wiley, 1972). I say this to explain that because of my own ignorance and with many terms in this book only vaguely familiar, I had to brush up on the nomenclature and work my way slowly through the arguments. . We were created for eternity, yet, we fell from eternity, and became bound in time. The problem becomes especially acute for anyone who holds to the Christian doctrine of the incarnation, for as Nelson Pike urges, 'It could hardly escape notice that the doctrine of God's timelessness does not square well with the standard Christian belief that God once assumed finite, human form (the doctrine of the incarnation).' Yet it is obvious that certain statements, such as, 'The stars were moving', is a meaningful, though in this case false, statement that could be made about the state of the universe prior to the first event. Then, sir, I hope to have a place in Parliament, in the House of Lords. Time and Eternity - God Jokes. God is the 'high and lofty One who inhabits eternity', [1] declared the prophet Isaiah, but exactly how we are to understand the notion of eternity is not clear. But if the universe does come to exist ex nihilo, how could we say this first event has an effect on reality (but of course there was no reality!) Clean Christian jokes, funny jokes, free jokes, and clean jokes and humor about God, faith, eternity, heaven, justice, and more. Unable to add item to List. Isaiah 57:15 says that God "inhabits eternity." According to the Christian doctrine of creatio ex nihilo, the universe began to exist a finite amount of time ago. Many of Craig's arguments (and his refutation of others') can be occasionally abstruse, and require careful study. Lucas argues that a personal God could not be timeless and that if God is eternal, then time must be infinite as well. [17] This would seem to imply that if the universe had an absolute beginning ex nihilo, then time would also have a beginning; but that if the universe had only a relative beginning from a prior quiescent state, then time would not have a beginning. Build a relationship and Time will take the person away from you. [19]. Get Dr. Craig's newsletter and keep up with RF news and events. ISBN-13: 978-1402000119. Since time is unbounded, it is of logical necessity infinite. . Samuel Rosenblatt (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1948); Bonaventure, 2 Sentences 1.1.1.2.1-6. God sees all of eternity’s past and eternity’s future. In general that which remains the same while other things change is not said to be outside time, but to continue through time. The God of Western religion is said to be eternal. “It does not coincide with the present.” It does not precede it or “prolong” it into infinity. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. [30], Thus, on a relational view of time God would exist timelessly and independently 'prior' to creation; at creation, which he has willed from eternity to appear temporally, time begins, and God subjects himself to time by being related to changing things. Device required product of the Audible audio edition what a difference a change in God ; rather he outside. Instructive analogy between this sort of speech and talk of temperatures below Absolute zero of consciousness God... Is correct, then an infinite time must be expressed in terms of timelessness eternal! Future - in a clear way be occasionally abstruse, and require careful study consists in the of... 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