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In Defence of Open Theism

In Defence of Open Theism

Richard Swinburne

University of Oxford




In 1965 Nelson Pike presented his very clear version of an ancient argument purporting to show that a temporal God (that is, one who exists at all moments of time), could not have infallible knowledge of any future causally undetermined contingent event, and so – if there are any such events - could not be essentially omniscient, in the sense of having infallible knowledge of all true propositions. Given the assumption that human free actions are causally underdetermined, this entails that such a God cannot at any time have infallible knowledge of which future actions humans will do freely. 

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Science, Religion and Culture


Vol. 4, Sp. Iss. 2 Pages 1-101

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