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God and the Nature of Time

1st Edition

By Garrett J. DeWeese


312 pages

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Is God temporal, 'in time', or atemporal, 'outside of time'? Garrett DeWeese begins with contemporary metaphysics and physics, developing a causal account of dynamic time.  Drawing on biblical material as well as discussions of divine temporality in medieval and contemporary philosophical theology, DeWeese concludes that God is temporal but not in physical time as we measure it. Interacting with issues in the history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion, this book offers students a thorough introduction to the key issues and key figures in historical and contemporary work on the philosophy of time and time in theology.


'This area is a hot topic in philosophy of religion and this book will meet with significant interest. Garry DeWeese deals with issues in both the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. This is a very thorough treatment; he has clearly identified both the key figures and the key issues which need to be addressed.' William L. Craig, Talbot School of Theology, USA 'In God and the Nature of Time, Garry DeWeese has provided a superb overview of contemporary and classical debates concerning God's relationship to time. What strikes me is the comprehensiveness of his treatment, drawing from Biblical studies, the history of theology, modern science and contemporary philosophy of religion. DeWeese does not just survey the field, but is critical of the major alternatives, presenting at the same time his own hypothesis: that God is "omnitemporal". His critical engagement with other authors is fair and comprehensive. I recommend this book to any scholar or student interested in this topic.' Alan G. Padgett, Luther Seminary, USA '[DeWeese's] book is theologically scholarly and philosophically professional, using the concise symbolisms of modern philosophy to excellent effect wherever they are appropriate… this book provides a wide-ranging and penetrating survey of past and contemporary thought. Furthermore, is is written with all the lucidity which the topic can allow - including the regular use of helpful summary-boxes - yet at the same time, not infrequently, with a winning sensitivity and gracefulness of phrase.' ESSSAT News '… offers a thorough introduction to key issues and figures in historical and contemporary work on the philosophy of time and time in theology, and will provide a stimulating survey of a hot topic…' Themelios 'Given his clarity of exposition and his helpful summaries of the major contributions ot this subject, DeWeese has produced an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to undert

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I Metaphysics and Physics: The metaphysics of time; Physics and time. Part II Scripture and Tradition: The evidence from scripture; The medieval consensus: God is atemporally eternal; Atemporality: contemporary statements; A medieval dissent: God is temporally everlasting; Temporality: contemporary statements. Part III Omnitemporal God: Omnitemporality; Implications of omnitemporality; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Garrett J. DeWeese is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Philosophical Theology, at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy of Religion Series

The Routledge Philosophy of Religion Series spans many critical debates, and presents new directions and new perspectives in contemporary research and study within the philosophy of religion. This series presents books by leading international scholars in the field, providing a platform for their own particular research focus to be presented within a wider contextual framework. Offering accessible, stimulating new contributions to each topic, this series will prove of particular value and interest to academics, graduate, postgraduate and upper-level undergraduate readers world-wide focusing on philosophy, religious studies and theology, sociology or other related fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General