1:165 ? ?God is ?King of the eons? ( <540117>1 Timothy 1:17), because he distinguishes, in his thinking, his eternal inner essence from his changeable working in the world. He is not merged in the process.? Edwards the younger describes timelessness as ?the immediate and invariable possession of the whole unlimited life together and at once.? Tyler, Greek Poets, 148 ? ?The heathen gods had only existence without end. The Greeks seem never to have conceived of existence without beginning.? On precognition as connected with the so called future already existing, and on apparent time progression as a subjective human sensation and not inherent in the universe as it exists in an infinite Mind, see Myers, Human Personality, 2:262 sq. Tennyson, Life, 1:322 ? ?For was and is and will be are but is: And all creation is one act at once, The birth of light; but we that are not all, As parts, can see but parts, now this, now that, And live perforce from thought to thought, and make The act a phantom of succession: there Our weakness somehow shapes the shadow, Time.?
Augustine: ?Mundus non in tempore, sed cum tempore, factus est.? There is no meaning to the question: Why did creation take place when it did rather than earlier? or the question: What was God doing before creation? These questions presuppose an independent time in which God created ? a time before time. On the other hand, creation did not take place at any time, but God gave both the world and time their existence. Royce, World and Individual, 2:111-115 ? ?Time is the form of the will, as space is the form of the intellect (cf. 124, 133). Time runs only in one direction (unlike space), toward fulfillment of striving or expectation. In pursuing its goals, the self lives in time. Every now is also a succession, as is illustrated in any melody. To God the universe is ?totum simul?, as to us any succession is one whole. 233 ? Death is a change in the time span ? the minimum of time in which a succession can appear as a completed whole. To God ?a thousand years? are ?as one day? ( <600308>1 Peter 3:8). 419 ? God, in his totality as the Absolute Being, is conscious not, in time, but of time, and of all that infinite time contains. In time there follows, in their sequence, the chords of his endless symphony. For him is this whole symphony of life at once? You unite present, past and future in a single consciousness whenever you hear any three successive words, for one is past, another is present, at the same time that a third is future. So God unites in timeless perception the whole succession of finite events? The single notes are not lost in the melody. You are in God, but you are not lost in God.? Mozart, quoted in Wm. James, Principles of Psychology, 1:255 ? ?All the inventing and making goes on in me as in a beautiful strong dream. But the best of all is the hearing of it all at once.?
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