eternal or everlasting?

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  • ETERNAL OR EVERLASTING?
    • In Christianity God is seen as eternal: 'who inhibits eternity, whose name is holy' Isaiah 25:15
    • refers to god being outside of time, times does not pass for God, has no beginning or end
    • predicate is influenced by Plato: approach of an unchanging true reality (world of forms)
    • if god is eternal- must be omniscient: otherwise he would be subject to change (by gaining new knowledge) suggesting imperfection (conflicting with god's nature)
    • BOETHIUS
      • consolation of philosophy
      • book written whilst in prison: did not lose faith in god but his fall from a high societal position caused him to discuss the natture of god
      • god : the whole simultaneous perfect possession of unending life
      • god is limitless, exists eternally, does not have past/present/ future
      • does not experience life as a series of events one following the other
      • impassible- does not exist in time. infinity of time is simultaneously present to god
        • has all knowledge otherwise he would be susceptible to change
    • ISSUE: if being eternal requires being omniscient how can humans have FREE WILL?

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