Anselmian spacetime: Omnipresence and the created order

Heythrop Journal 52 (2):260-270 (2011)

Abstract

For Anselm, the attribute of omnipresence is not merely concerned with where God exists, but with where and when God exists. His account of this attribute thus precipitates a discourse on the nature of space and time: how they are related to God, to one another, and to the rest of the created order. In the course of this analysis Anselm articulates a number of positions which are generally thought to be the sole possession of modernity. In Part One of what follows I argue, first, that Anselm provides us with an analysis of objects which have both spatial and temporal parts, and second, that he provides us with a clear distinction between those objects which persist by enduring through time in their entirety and those which persist by being temporally extended. In Part Two I argue that Anselm's analysis of omnipresence is consciously informed by a conception of spacetime, according to which space and time form a single, four-dimensional manifold in which objects both persist and move

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Christopher H. Conn
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Omnipresence.Edward Wierenga - 2019 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Anselm, the Holy Trinity, and the Relative Identity Thesis.Christopher Hughes Conn - 2019 - TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology 3 (2).

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