Saturday 19 November 2005

Robert W. Jenson: God’s eternity

“God’s eternity is not that for him everything is really already past, but that in love everything is still open, including the past. His eternity is that he can never be surpassed, never caught up with. He anticipates the future in the sense that however we press forward in time, we always find that God has already been there and is now ahead calling us on. God is not a presence possessing his past and future in himself; he is a future possessing his past in himself and therefore always present.”

—Robert W. Jenson, God After God: The God of the Past and the God of the Future, Seen in the Work of Karl Barth (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1969), p. 171.

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