A Reductio Ad Absurdum of Divine Temporality

Religious Studies 32 (3):371 - 378 (1996)
Abstract
In this paper, I present an argument to show that the doctrine of divine temporality (the view that God is in time, but everlastingly eternal) is incoherent. The doctrine of divine temporality entails that God has traversed an actually infinite series of moments in order to reach the present. But I show that an actually infinite series of moments cannot be traversed. Hence, God could not have traversed his infinite past to reach the present. Therefore, the doctrine of divine temporality is necessarily false. I defend this argument against various responses and objections.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,561
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Nicholas Everitt (2010). The Divine Attributes. Philosophy Compass 5 (1):78-90.
Similar books and articles
Thomas D. Senor (1990). Incarnation and Timelessness. Faith and Philosophy 7 (2):149-164.
J. R. Lucas (1993). The Temporality of God. In R. J. Russell, N. Murphy & C. J. Isham (eds.), Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action. Vatican Observatory Publications. 235-246.
Dean Zimmerman (2002). God Inside Time and Before Creation. In Gregory E. Ganssle & David M. Woodruff (eds.), God and Time: Essays on the Divine Nature. Oxford Up. 75--94.
Susan Peppers-Bates (2008). Divine Simplicity and Divine Command Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):361-369.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2011-05-29

Total downloads

4 ( #251,104 of 1,098,129 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #112,729 of 1,098,129 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.