Augustine on Time

Posted: May 22, 2012 by pastorerichann in Christian History, Theology
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“God’s mind does not pass from one thought to another. His vision is utterly unchangeable. Thus, He comprehends all that takes place in time – the not-yet-existing future, the existing present, and the no-longer-existing past-in an immutable and eternal present. He does not see differently with the eyes and the mind, for He is not composed of soul and body. Nor is there any then, now, and afterwards in His knowledge, for, unlike ours, it suffers no change with triple time – present, past, and future. With Him, ‘there is no change, nor shadow of alteration'” (James 1:17) … “His knowledge of what happens in time, like His movement of what changes in time, is completely independent of time.”

from City of God (book XI chapter 21) – AD 410


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