There is a distinction between the eternal and the everlasting that has been recognized by philosophers and religious thinkers for more than two millennia. Our main effort in this chapter is to present and elaborate the distinction between the timeless eternal and an everlastingness that is within time as it was understood and may be understood today. Before we do that, however, it will be useful to reflect on a deep-running intuition, held by many, that encourages one to draw such a distinction: the intuition that what is most real is not the world we daily encounter but another realm that lies beyond it. Once we have done this in the next section, we will in the third section bring forward and discuss the distinction between the timeless eternal and the temporal everlasting as it is found in philosophical and religious thought.
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