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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2007

Katherin A. Rogers
Pages 3-27
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200724134

ANSELMIAN ETERNALISM
THE PRESENCE OF A TIMELESS GOD

Anselm holds that God is timeless, time is tenseless, and humans have libertarian freedom. This combination of commitments is largely undefended in contemporary philosophy of religion. Here I explain Anselmian eternalism with its entailment of tenseless time, offer reasons for accepting it, and defend it against criticisms from William Hasker and other Open Theists. I argue that the tenseless view is coherent, that God’s eternal omniscience is consistent with libertarian freedom, that being eternal greatly enhances divine sovereignty, and that the Anselmian view supports the contention that the Bible is relevant today far better than does Open Theism.

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