Eternal God/Saving Time

2015.09.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews George Pattison, Eternal God/Saving Time, Oxford University Press, 2015, 355pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198724162. Reviewed
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2015.09.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews George Pattison, Eternal God/Saving Time, Oxford University Press, 2015, 355pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198724162. Reviewed by Bernard Prusak, King's College, Pennsylvania It is a staple of theistic prayer and study to call God "the Eternal." The attribute serves as a title of praise. But what does it mean to call God "eternal"? What sense, if any, can be made of it? Does it mean that God is timeless or that God endures without end (that is, is sempiternal)? If God is timeless, as metaphysicians since at least Boethius have been wont to claim, how can we time-bound beings know God, and how for that matter can God know us, really know us, given that time appears to be of our essence? What's more, if God can't really know us, how could God save us, as theists who belong to the world's great religions have traditionally called... Read More

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