Eternal God: A Study of God without Time

Paperback | January 2, 2011

byPaul Helm

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Paul Helm presents a new, expanded edition of his much praised 1988 book Eternal God , which defends the view that God exists in timeless eternity. This is the classical Christian view of God, but it is claimed by many theologians and philosophers of religion to be incoherent. Paul Helm rebutsthe charge of incoherence, arguing that divine timelessness is grounded in the idea of God as creator, and that this alone makes possible a proper account of divine omniscience. He develops some of the consequences of divine timelessness, particularly as it affects both divine and human freedom, andconsiders some of the alleged problems about referring to God. The book thus constitutes a unified treatment of the main concepts of philosophical theology. Helm's revised edition includes four new chapters that develop and extend his account of God and time, taking account of significant work inthe area that has appeared since the publication of the first edition, by such prominent figures as William Lane Craig, Brian Leftow, and Richard Swinburne. This new discussion takes the reader into further areas, notably timelessness and creation and the nature of divine causality.

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Paul Helm presents a new, expanded edition of his much praised 1988 book Eternal God , which defends the view that God exists in timeless eternity. This is the classical Christian view of God, but it is claimed by many theologians and philosophers of religion to be incoherent. Paul Helm rebutsthe charge of incoherence, arguing that div...

Paul Helm was educated at Worcester College, Oxford, and was for many years a member of the Philosophy Department of the University of Liverpool. From 1993-2000 he was the Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King's College, London. In 2001 he was appointed J.I.Packer Chair of Philosophical Theology at Regent Colle...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:January 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199590389

ISBN - 13:9780199590384

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Issue of Divine Eternity2. What is Divine Eternity?3. Indexicals and Spacelessness4. Eternity and Personality5. Eternity, Immutability, and Omniscience6. Timelessness and Foreknowledge7. Omniscience and the Future8. Divine Foreknowledge and Fatalism9. Timelessness and Human Responsibility10. Divine Freedom11. Referring to Eternal God12. And then....13. Eternal Creation14. The Two Standpoints15. Time and TrinityBibliographyIndex

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"It is ... particularly opportune and appropriate to have a resolute defence of the doctrine of God's atemporal eternity from a philosophical theologian and logician of great skill and acumen." --Journal of Theological Studies