Those who think about time are thinking deeply. Those who think about God are thinking even more deeply still. To try to think about both at once is to press the very limits of human understanding. Undeterred, this is precisely the project which William Lane Craig sets for himself in this study: to try to grasp the nature of divine eternity, to understand what is meant by the affirmation that God is eternal, to formulate a coherent doctrine of God's relationship with time. In this highly original and ground-breaking work, Craig brings together discussions in the philosophy of time and space, philosophy of language, phenomenology, philosophy of science, Special and General Relativity, classical cosmology, quantum mechanics, and so forth, with the concerns of philosophy of religion and theology, in order to craft a philosophically informed and scientifically tenable doctrine of divine eternity and God's relationship to time.
Preface. Part I: The Nature of Divine Eternity. Section 1: Arguments for Divine Timelessness. 1. The Case for Divine Timelessness. Section 2: Arguments for Divine Temporality. 2. Timelessness and Personhood. 3. Timelessness and Divine Action. 4. Timelessness and Divine Knowledge. Conclusion. Part II: God and Time. Section 1: God, Time, and its Measures. 5. The Classical Concept of Time. 6. God's Time and Relativistic Time. 7. God, Time, and Relativity. Section 2: God, Time, and Creation. 8. Creatio ex nihilo. 9. God and the Beginning of Time. Conclusion. Bibliography. Subject Index. Proper Name Index.
From the reviews:
"William Craig makes a persuasive case for the A- (tensed) theory of time and against the B- (tenseless) theory of time. ... Craig's scholarly work, which expertly integrates philosophy, science, and theology, deserves to be read widely." (Paul Copan, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. LVI (223), 2003)