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God and Temporality

God and Temporality
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The God series books were based on a group of meetings that brought together over 100 scholars from around the world to pursue various aspects of a contemporary discussion of God. The participants were drawn from all parts of the our world and from virtually every religious tradition. Here Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Confucianists, members of African religions, and many others meet each other face to face. Moreover, the participants come from a wide range of disciplines and from cultures East and West, North and South.

Easy generalizations about people in other traditionsor in other strands of ones own traditionare quickly seen to be inadequate to the living reality. And as a result participants set in motion in their own lives dynamics and processes that will bear fruit in unpredictable ways. The vast majority of participants found this to be an event of great significance for them.

There was no attempt made to impose a certain outcome on these deliberations, nor was it assumed that there was some easy unity that underlied all the multiplicity present to the discussions. Nevertheless, what emerged was a heightened awareness of the beliefs and views of others and ones own, and a determination to pursue lines of development.

The volumes in the God: The Contemporary Discussion Series are indicative of the continued pursuit and represent stepping stones designed to broaden the forum of the discussions. Many of the essays presented also reflect the influence of the encounter on each individual contributor. A unique experience herein awaits the student of religion or philosophy, the seeker of knowledge of the Ultimate, the teacher of spiritual discipline, or anyone interested in the emerging confluence of the religious traditions of the world.

God and Temporality

Since the middle of the nineteenth century Western philosophers and theologians have become accustomed to talking of the transcendence and immanence of God. The term ‘transcendence is used to point to the otherness of God to the world, to Gods absolute priority to created entities. This way of talking about God is aligned with many of the attributes assigned to God in classical theism where God is understood, for example, to be timeless, immutable, and impassible. In some sense, however, God has also been held to be immanent, to be active in creation, to be concerned with the creatures of the world. Much of the emphasis in discussions of the concept of God during the first half of the twentieth century focused on the otherness of God and the infinite qualitative difference between God and the world. This approach often tended to lead in the direction of an asymmetrical relation between God and the world. In recent discussion, a more organic understanding of the relation between God and his creatures seems to be at the forefront of discussions concerning the concept of God. This latter is the concern of this group of essays.

Table of Contents
Bowman L. Clarke
God As Love
Brian P. Gaybba
The Divine Historicity
Galen A. Johnson
Does Divine Love Entail Suffering In God?
William J. Hill
Over-Power and Gods Responsibility for Sin
Nelson C. Pike
The Feminine Images of God in Shusaku Endo
Jean Higgins
God and Temporality: A Heideggerian View
Eugene T. Long
Time and Eternity in Royce and Bergson
Milic Capek
God as Alpha and Omega: Dipolar Theism
Gene Reeves
God as Process in Whitehead
Bowman L. Clarke

BOWMAN L. CLARKE is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia.

EUGENE T. LONG Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina.

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