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An Atemporal God in a Temporal World?
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2005 (English)In: Einstein God & Time, 2005Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

The present paper concerns the philosophical problem arising from the apprehension that God is timeless or a-temporal, namely the question how God can act in a world that is time depended while God is not, but is timeless.

According to Science, time, as we experience it, does not exist. Albert Einstein maintained that “time and space are models by which we think and not conditions in which we live.” A question related to the problem is how did God become timeless or atemporal? The writers of the bible apprehend God as being in time, God acts, reacts and changes there and then. What is timelessness, and what is time-dependency? Or to put it more exactly, what is problematic with the different time conceptions in relation to God acting in the world and why?

If we want to hold the view that God is timeless while God’s creation is time-depended and that God acts in God’s creation and, furthermore, we want to avoid the problem of time, how should we understand time? Moreover, which consequences could an altered view of time entail for theology?

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Temporality and atemporality, eternity, finite, infinite, God and creation, time-flow, scientific time, quantum time, theology
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-76513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-76513DiVA: diva2:104425
The conference was held at the Oxford University, The Clarendon Laboratory, 12-15 September 2005Available from: 2006-03-03 Created: 2006-03-03

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