Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

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  1. Douglas
    February 19, 2018 @ 4:50 am

    Congrats on the new job, and the move. Tennessee is a gorgeous state and a jewel of the South (though Nashville proper is starting to become overrun by the hipster crowd around Vanderbilt). I’m just south of you in Alabama, and used to go up to visit my Dad when he lived in the Nashville suburbs. Congrats also on being about to attend your new church. I’ve watched and listened to some of Gill’s arguments in my own study and investigation of the Bible.

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  2. John Thomas
    February 6, 2018 @ 12:05 am

    Very good series on time. I will give my take as to where I stand on this issue as of now. I agree that time is the best and only way to measure change. But I don’t think that time is dependent on change i.e. that if change did not occur, time does not change. I think that time goes on whether or not change occurs. We can depend on physical aspects (like rotations and revolutions of earth, expansion of spacetime manifold, increase in entropy, frequency of vibrations of an atom etc.) to measure time for our purposes, but I don’t think that time depends on those physical aspects. So I think that time exists independent of change and any physical aspects used to measure time. Regarding God’s relationship to time, I don’t have a formed opinion yet. I don’t know what to make of about the language of God being outside time or timeless prior to creation and being in time post-creation. I don’t understand what would being in time and outside time mean and difference of it in reality. I am inclined to think that if God exists, he is in time. One other way to look at it would be to say that God is not limited by time and space. I came upon this idea when I heard a Hindu Advaita (non-dualist) philosopher monk explicate about relationship between Brahman and time and space in that fashion and I found it bit more rational to understand. His point was that Brahman was not limited by time because Brahman did not come into existence or go out of existence at any point in time unlike particular beings that come into existence and go out of existence (so both God and time exists eternally). Similarly Brahman is not limited by space because Brahman is everywhere and therefore not limited to one part of the space like all particular beings are.

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