Boethius - Eternity of God

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  • God as eternal - Boethius
    • definition of eternity
      • God is outside time and looks down as if from a 'lofty peak' - he sees time in one instant
        • Past, present and future - all present to God
    • Key points about God's eternity
      • Because God is outside time He knows all future events
        • The events aren't future to God - all present
    • Philosophical problems raised
      • seems impossible that events in History are happening in the same instant
        • e.g. God sees me being born and dying at the same 'time'
      • How does God act in a sequence in time?
        • e.g. Creating the earth/sending Jesus to earth/miracles
    • Criticisms of Problems
      • Impossible that history happening at same time?
        • For us it seems impossible because we are inside time
          • God is all powerful
      • If God is outside time, how can he act in time?
        • Christians believe that God is both Transcendent and immanent
          • God is all powerful
        • How does he listen to or answer our prayers?
          • Christians believe that God is both Transcendent and immanent

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