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Eternity / Re: The qualities and problems of circular time
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:35:51 pm »
Just to avoid confusion, “circular time” is meant differently than what is commonly understood as “cyclical time”.  Where “cyclical time” repeats a series of similar or identical events, “circular time” does not repeat.  What I am interested in is:

-A series of events that, as I said, do not repeat.  The total duration of a circular timeline is defined by the circumference of the circular timeline.
-A series of events that has no determinable beginning/ending point. 
-A series of events which are circular via their causal relationships. 

Cyclical time, it seems, uses the circle as a merely simplified representation of an actually linear timeline, which just happens to have a repeating set of events.

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Eternity / Re: Eternity in the afterlife is a really scary thought.
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:15:46 pm »
I think this is a reasonable intuition given our present set of experiences, however I’m happy to say I think you will probably be wrong.  Your error is to focus on “our new neighbors” in heaven, rather than God.  While they will be a big part of our perpetual rejoicing, they are not the central element: God is.  God is the maximally great, the infinitely discoverable.  You will never grow tired of searching Him out.  Every time you discover and enjoy some new nugget of revelation into God’s awesome nature, you will have the pleasure of sharing your discovery with your new neighbors.  Sharing your joy with others is the heart of worship.  When our new neighbors share with us what they have found, we will rejoice with them.  In this instance, they have been the mechanism whereby God has revealed Himself to us.  Getting to know each other, we learn to see God better.  The more we get to know God, the better we love one another.  What I am describing is a truly perpetual system, which leads to ever increasing joy that approaches infinity.

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Eternity / The qualities and problems of circular time
« on: April 25, 2017, 01:11:36 pm »
I am looking for resources which discuss the qualities and problems of circular time.  I attempted to reach out to Dr. Craig directly, but got a staffer response that “As you know, Dr. Craig's position is that God is timeless "before" or without creation and in time subsequent to creation.”  I’m familiar with and respect Dr. Craig’s position, however I’m attempting to respond to a proposed solution involving circular time.  Can anyone point me toward scholarly articles or any other published resources? 

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