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How can God be temporal if he never began?

I was reading through this article and it says: What may be the dominant view of philosophers today is that he is temporal but everlasting; that is, God never began to exist and he never will go ...
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Are there any arguments for why something past-eternal must necessarily be future-eternal as well?

If we assume that something has always existed in the past, what reason is there to assume that it won't perish in the future? I pondered on it and I wondered whether the following argument works: ...
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Infinite realities: Theoretically if the sun burned out or if all resources were used up, in another universe could it have not happened at all?

This is assuming that infinite realities exist. I have no physics or philosophy background, I am writing a science fiction novel. That being said, please dumb down your answers for me.
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Infinite v finite domains

The question is the following: (a) Specify a sentence in which the following are all true: ∀x¬Rxx, ∀x∃yRxy, ∀x∀y∀z((Rxy ∧ Ryz) → Rxz). ==== For (a), I believe this structure requires an ...
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How can the finite contain the infinite?

This article claims that all finite things are actually infinite, however it doesn't explain how this can possibly work only that it is the way the world really works. Numbers and lines are finite, ...
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What importance, if any, do infinitesimals still have for philosophers?

What importance, if any, do infinitesimals still have to philosophers? It seems like many people are baffled by them. E.g., there's a slew of questions relating to Zeno on this site (not least by ...
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Are there an infinite number of possibilities? [closed]

Let's say there's a plate on the table in the kitchen and you walk in to see its broken on the floor. You weren't there to witness it. Now let's say you have a cat, the washing machine was on and ...
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Do all epistemologies suffer from the “regress of justifications” problem?

Aristotle describes the regress problem in his logical work Posterior Analytics I.2: b5. Some hold that, owing to the necessity of knowing the primary premisses, there is no scientific knowledge. ...
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Are there more numbers than numerals?

If the universe is finite and numbers are infinite, would that mean that there are more numbers than numerals to name them?
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Arguments against eternal return

I have encountered the concept of eternal return e.g. in reading about Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) and Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC). This is one formulation from Nietzsche's The Will To Power:...
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Is an infinity of possibilities is not possible when God is involved?

Within an infinity of possibilities there is a possibility that God exists in all possibilities just as much as there is a possibility that God exists in none of them. This leads to a contradiction. ...
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How can one determine, and justify, that something is infinite?

Can infinite things be measured and known? Imagine you stood on a long rope, and in the distance, you see that the rope continues past your vision. The further you walk on it, the more rope seems to ...
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Mildly interesting: is the number of objects in the universe at any given time finite? [closed]

My guess is yes. Here's my reasoning. There are a finite number of atoms in the universe (the current estimate is about 10^80). In other words, the set of all atoms in the (observable) universe is a ...
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Could there ever be evidence for an infinite being?

The God of Anselm is understood as "that than which nothing greater can be conceived." From this definition, God can be presumed to be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, perfectly free, uncaused, ...
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Actual infinite vs. Potential infinite [closed]

I'm looking for bibliography about the problem of Actual infinite vs. Potential infinite. I would appreciate information about papers or books treating this problem deeply, philosophical and ...
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Is an infinite regress good logic?

I have come across claims that first causes are not needed we can always have an infinite regress. Is this good logic is what I'm wondering. If the universe has an beginning should we believe that ...