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Dimensions of Time: The Structures of the Time of Humans, of the World, and of God Paperback – August, 2002

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802849989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802849984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,977,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Orville B. Jenkins VINE VOICE on October 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
These authors take a fresh approach to the concepts of Time. They provide a history and metaphysic of the concept of Time, profiling worldview perspectives that underlie different cultural and philosophical ideas of Time.

They evaluate ancient, classical and traditional Western concepts of three aspects of Time: endogenous (the individual experience of the passage of time), exogenous (the perceived structure and character of time in the real world as experienced in each cultural and historical context) and Transcendent time (the concepts of ultimate time in the universe). The book analyzes social structures on the basis of the discovered concepts of time in the various cultural and philosophical contexts investigated.

In broad categories, the book is divided into three sections, reflected in the sub-title. The first section, "The Time of Humans," is the longest, because it entails a sampling of the broad types of human concepts across cultures and historical periods. Their analysis includes quotations and analysis of concepts from the ancient Greeks, the Hebrew writers in biblical and extra-biblical writings, and references to other sources. Each of these are evaluated critically to see the changes in ideas through history, and how these concepts of Time and reality are related to social structures and concepts of justice in each society.

The analysis includes considerations of the concept of Mind and the relationship of the individual to the Social Whole. The second section on Science is highly mathematical and seems to assume more background. It is a short section, but does seem to fairly well represent the history of scientific concepts of time up to the current possibilities in String Theory, Chaos Theory and Quantum Theory.
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