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God, Time, and Eternity

The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Nature of Divine Eternity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Arguments for Divine Timelessness

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 3-42
    3. Arguments for Divine Temporality

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 43-55
      2. William Lane Craig
        Pages 56-111
      3. William Lane Craig
        Pages 112-133
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 134-139
  3. God and Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. God, Time, and its Measures

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 143-162
      2. William Lane Craig
        Pages 163-196
      3. William Lane Craig
        Pages 197-246
    3. God, Time, and Creation

      1. William Lane Craig
        Pages 247-255
      2. William Lane Craig
        Pages 256-280
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 281-284
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 285-321

About this book


hose who think about time are thinking deeply. Those who think about God T are thinking even more deeply still. Those who try to think about God and time are pressing the very limits of human understanding. Undaunted, this is precisely the project which we have set for ourselves in this study: to try to grasp the nature of divine eternity, to understand what is meant by the amnnation that God is etemal, to fonnulate a coherent doctrine ofGod's relationship with time. This study, the second installment of a long-range research pro gram devoted to a philosophical analysis of the principal attributes of God, flows naturally out of my previous exploration of divine omniscience. ! For the most contentious issue with respect to God's being omniscient concerns divine foreknowledge of future contingents, such as free acts of human agents. The very concept of foreknowledge presupposes that God is temporal, and a good many thinkers, from Boethius to certain contemporary philosophers, have thought to avoid the alleged incompatibility of divine foreknowledge and human freedom by afflnning the timelessness of God. Thus, in examining the complex of issues surrounding the foreknowledge question, we found ourselves already immersed in the question of divine eternity.


Religion philosophy of science quantum mechanics science theology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Talbot School of TheologyLa MiradaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title God, Time, and Eternity
  • Book Subtitle The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity
  • Authors W.L. Craig
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0011-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5823-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-1715-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 321
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Religion
    Philosophy of Science
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From the reviews:

"William Craig makes a persuasive case for the A- (tensed) theory of time and against the B- (tenseless) theory of time. … Craig’s scholarly work, which expertly integrates philosophy, science, and theology, deserves to be read widely." (Paul Copan, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LVI (223), 2003)