Podcast EP167 – Omniscience in the Ancient World

3 comments

  1. What are your thoughts on Boyd’s infinite intelligence argument that states God knows all possibilities from eternity and has a plan for that possiblity as though it had to happen? How does knowing all possibilities from eternity line up with the visual omniscience spoken of here, and in Jeremiah where it says twice that something ” did not enter my mind” ( God’s mind)?

    1. I believe Boyd’s system works like this. I might know every possible dice roll, and second dice roll. I might know all combinations of dice rolls (i.e. 1,1 1,2 1,3 1,4 1,5 1,6 2,1 2,2…)… But I do not know which one is “actualized” until it happens. My observation confirms what I already know as possibility. In this way, God has omniscience and still learns.

      Like all omniscience theology, it might work with the Bible, but it is imported onto the Bible.

    2. The Jeremiah passages are not very good ones for prooftexting. In Israel they began sacrificing children to Yahweh. Yahweh is disgusted. He then says “it never entered my mind to command you to sacrifice children to me.” Although we can infer that God never thought they would do this, the text is about God never considering making the commandant.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s