Boethius and the concept of Divine Eternity

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  • Boethius and the concept of Divine Eternity
    • According to Boethius, Gods Knowledge is not like our knowledge
      • God knows what we will do as he will see it in his Perfect Present Moment
        • Thus we are free to act any way we like, and God observes this.
    • Boethius poses the question how can there be human freedom- if God knows all past, present + future?
      • He argues that no rational creature could exist w/o free will
        • It is permanently existing in a rational nature- the more rational is ,the more, choose a virtue.
    • Boethius contrasts our relationship w/ time w/ God's.
      • Human shave a limited amount of time that is present to them
        • But, God has knowledge of all time- everything to him is the present in His complete + perfect possession of time
    • Consolation of Philosophy
      • "God ponders all things as if they were enacted in the present"
        • meaning that foresight by which God discerns all things is "Knowledge of the unceasing present moment
    • Divine benevolence and Just Judgement
      • God knows the world in one single act
    • Boethius developed the ideas of Augustine and Aristotle and influenced Aquinas.
    • Boethius uses the analogy of a circle to convey his view (which was adapted by Boethius)
      • God is the center of a circle and time is the circumference, all of the circumference is equally present to the centre
        • Can link to Anselm's view that God has a 4 dimensional view of time
    • God knows the world in one single act


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