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God, Time, and Knowledge: Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton [Paperback]

By William Hasker (Author)
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"This outstanding book . . . is a genuinely pivotal contribution to the lively current debate over divine foreknowledge and human freedom. . . . Hasker's book has three commendable features worthy of immediate note. First, it contains a carefully crafted overview of the recent literature on foreknowledge and freedom and so can serve as an excellent introduction to that literature. Second, it is tightly reasoned and brimming with brisk arguments, many of them highly original. Third, it correctly situates the philosophical dispute over foreknowledge and freedom within its proper theological context and in so doing highlights the intimate connection between the doctrines of divine omniscience and divine providence." Faith and Philosophy" God, Time, and Knowledge] is an elegantly written, forcefully argued challenge to traditional views, and a major contribution to the discussion of divine foreknowledge." Philosophical Review"This is a very competent, thorough analysis of the conflict between free will and divine foreknowledge (or, on some acounts, timeless divine knowledge of our future). It is exceptionally clear." Theological Book Review"

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Studio: Cornell University Press
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.91" Width: 5.97" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 27, 2014
Publisher   Cornell University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0801485452  
ISBN13  9780801485459  

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William Hasker (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh), is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, where he taught from 1966 until 2000. His main interests in philosophy are philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. He is the author of Metaphysics (1983), God, Time, and Knowledge (1989), The Emergent Self (1999), Providence, Evil, and the Openness of God (2004), and The Triumph of God Over Evil (2008), and is co-author or co-editor of several other volumes. He was the editor of Faith and Philosophy from 2000 until 2007.

William Hasker currently resides in the state of Indiana. William Hasker was born in 1935 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Huntington University Huntington College Huntington College Huntington.

William Hasker has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Contours of Christian Philosophy
  2. Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion
  3. Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology

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Masterfully and Beautifully Argued for the Open Theist Perspective   Apr 1, 2007
If one wants to be intellectually informed in the current debate over foreknowledge, then this book is a necessity. Essentially, the thesis of this book is simple: all attempts to reconcile God's foreknowledge of future contingents with libertarianism fail and if one is a libertarian, one must abandon God's exhaustive foreknowledge. Unlike other books arguing for Open Theism (i.e. Boyd's "God of the Possible"), this book strictly sticks to philosophical arguments. If one wants to dismiss Hasker's case, quoting certain Bible verses would be a very feeble attempt--philosophical arguments are needed.

Hasker splits the book into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 gives a very brief account of the history of the foreknowledge/freedom debate. Chapter 2 contains Hasker's refutation of middle knowledge. He levels a couple of arguments, most notably his own creative argument against the Molinist position. Chapter 3 Hasker debunks the "simple" foreknowledge perspective by arguing that by the time God knows what occurs on this view, he cannot control what will happen. Chapter 4 essentially presents an argument for the incompatibility of foreknowledge and freedom using a type of necessity of the past argument. Chapter 5 Hasker entertains the notion of "hard" and "soft" facts to see whether or not they will escape the argument presented in chapter 4. He concludes that they will not. Chapters 6 and 7 essentially deal with the Ockhamist solutions to the arguments presented in chapter 4. After entertaining several positions, including Plantinga's, Hasker concludes that none of these will prove beneficial. In chapter 8 Hasker argues that "divine timelessness" is intelligible. However, in chapter 9, not simply content with arguing that divine timelessness is intelligible, Hasker shows how divine timelessness doesn't truly help the debate at all because it does not offer any more providence than simple foreknowledge and cannot resolve the problems raised in chapter 4. Finally, in chapter 10, Hasker concludes with a new definition of omniscience and a God with an open future.

Though I do not personally endorse Hasker's conclusion at this time, Hasker's book is one which needs to be dealt with. He has laid out a very thoughtful and interesting case for his positions and it should not be ignored. Furthermore, I think Hasker's book presents a sympathetic case for the Open Theist position. Hasker is simply a libertarian who cannot see how to reconcile God's foreknowledge with libertarianism--and thereby abandons foreknowledge. (Hasker's book can be thought of as a monument to anti-compatibilism) Being a fellow libertarian, I am sympathetic to Hasker. Though slightly technically at times Hasker's book will be a welcomed addition to any philosopher's or theologian's library!
Hasker on God's Knowledge and Temporality  May 21, 2001
Hasker's work is lucid, philosophically precise and well-written. He provides a nice overview of the debate concerning future contingents, and he brings up a number of original arguments that make us question the notion of God's atemporality. Hasker asks whether a timeless God can directly know His creatures. It does not seem that He can. Hasker therefore seems to opt for a God that actually changes in a relational sense. This God is the God of the OT and NT. Buy Hasker's work. Its well worth the money.
Solid  Feb 9, 2001
Although written beforehand, if you liked his essay in "Openness" than you love this is the extended and more thorough version of it. Hasker has risen to the fore of the foreknowledge debate and represents the best philosophical defense of it. The remarkable thing about this debate is that it has produced multiple views that are fascinating and plausible philosophically. While I was not convinced by his argument it was a delight to read. He is so lucid a thinker that even people who are approaching the issue from a very different position will be able to `see through his eyes' to at least a limited degree through this work of philosophy. This is unfortunately not been the case in the theological dimension of this debate. Receive it highly recommended. Enjoy!
Paul Helm's Eternal God is Superior  Aug 31, 2000
This book, God,Time,Knowledge seems to assume human philosophy as magisterial keeping Bibliosophy ministerial. This effort is another exercise in taking finite reasoning to its predictibly finite limits. The following Biblical/'Logosophical concepts are conveniently unaddressed (or at best inadequately/superficially):

1)It is not demonstrated that God actually 'comes to know' any knowable reality vs. just 'non-perceptually knowing' true states of affairs

2)Omniscience, Omnipresence, non-internal change, Omnipathy, Omni-eternity, Omni-infinity, Omni-immanence/transcendence are all logically, Biblically, metaphysically, philosophically intertwined and interdependent: modifying/tweaking one modifies/tweaks all

3)God can possibly be Omni-immanent while Omni-transcendent and if so, does not need to possess sequential/successive thought processing as if an Infinite God would need to 'process' data

4)Though God is Omnipathic, He retains a non-changing internal character (changes only external in relation to free beings)

5)'God changes as it becomes virtuous to change' sounds nice and prima facie reasonable, but an Omniperfect God would see no reason to EVER change (internally/character-wise), since virtue is inherent in being Omni-aware, Omni-unimprovable, Omni-uninformable ('dependent' on finite beings for relationship, not improvement/information/increased knowledge,thus change)

6)If God 'comes to know'of certain possibilities of which He was previously unaware, He could not previously have been Omniscient

7)God as Knower of all events knows them 'intuitively' (not having sensory organs or sequential/attenuated 'perception') without having 'come to know' them

8)An Omni-infinite, Omni-immanent-while-transcendent Knower's foreknowledge of events expresses a temporal/mortal/finite knower's recognition that certain events were known timelessly before this time.(This need not be merely analogical or anthropological, but literally knowable knowledge, literally foreknowable foreknowledge yet not 'foreknowledge' for God as Omni-infinite,Omni-eternal,Theochronic Knower)

9)Our 'now' may be regarded as an indexical reference to the finite knower, not to God as Omni-infinite Knower. That is, to say that God Infinitely/Eternally/Theochronically knows 'now' does not entail that what He knows is likewise sequentially/serially indexed. What God Theochronically/Eternally knows are true states of affairs which are not exclusively about either our future, our present, our past, although we might need to express them as such on our finite space/time plane or dimension of reality.

10)The usefulness of ascribing time/space to an Omni-infinite, Omni-eternal, Omni-immanent-while-transcendent God reflects the inevitable fact that we who speak about these matters are trapped in space/time, but does not reflect a correspondent fact that God Himself is so 'trapped', demarcated, definitized thereby. That is, our ideation of God being primarily tensed and spatialized does not warrant/prove that the Omni-eternal, Omni-infinite God is also tensed or spatialized, being Omnipresent as well (Omni-where/when, Omni-there/then, Omni-here/now)

11)Granted that it is possible for God to be instantaneously or simultaneously or theochronically outside/beyond time/space while inside/within time/space in relation to free beings, then the Bible would describe Him as accomodating Himself (as Christ did in the Incarnation) to human time/space-bound modes of communication and relation without Himself being bound thereby. After all, Incarnation of Second Person of the Trinity was not the cancelling/suspending/reduction/subtraction of Deity, but the addition of humanity to His Person (not the Father's Person or the Holy Spirit's Person). I would welcome a new Hasker volume addressing these concepts and their interdependent relationships to 'Christosophy'.

Philosopher and Writer  Jun 12, 2000
Here is a book that truly taught me a great deal, not only about the issue, but also about writing books. Hasker is a gifted writer with an ability to catch his readers and make dry subjects interesting.

Hasker belongs to the free-will theism camp. He is one of the writers of the pivotal "The Openness of God" book. Here he writes more in-depth about God and Time. He presents all of the alternatives, criticizes them and then presents his view, though without declaring it the final answer. That is something which is commendable about Hasker: He is NOT a lobbyist trying to convince his audience without questioning his own beliefs (see Geisler's Creating God in the Image of Man for a sample of that kind of book). He is a Truth seeker who shares what he has found out so far. He invites the reader to seek with him, rather then charging the poor victim.

This is a philosophical book, which means that that at least basic knowledge in Philosophy is needed to read it. Even then, I sometimes had difficulties understanding. It was a challenge, but a rewarding such.


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