- Hardcover: 253 pages
- Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Revised edition (October 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0664204880
- ISBN-13: 978-0664204884
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christ and Time: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time Hardcover – October, 1964
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I found the concept of eternity past and future to be a bit confusing and was my main issue with the thesis. If time is a creature (a created thing) then it must be finite - a beginning and end. If time is a perfection of God in περιχορεσις then it is infinite. But this raises the question does God dwell in a form of time called eternity or is He eternity itself?
From the viewpoint of the finite creature there is a problem measuring time if it is an infinite line. Inherent to the definition of infinity is its indivisibility and inability to add or subtract. Therefore, it is impossible to measure time or locate oneself on an infinite linear timeline. Units of time cannot exist.
Helm would later argue for a tenseless eternity. This suffers from the simple problem of how one exists if time does not operate in eternity. For example - how can one sing to the Lord as music is so bound to time?
So what exactly does Culmann mean by eternity past and future. It is truly a mystery that he need not solve because 1) Scripture does not explain it to our curious satisfaction and 2) Culmann's thesis is on the Primitive Christian Conception of Time and not the secular philosophy of time nor the science of time.
AS I ponder this matter I will scratch my head for an eternity.
I am seeing modern popular works written by famous authors who draw upon Culmann's work. If you can, purchase and understand this book that you may properly evaluate these latter works (NT Wright Surprised by Hope comes to mind). Perhaps someone will reprint it.