Monday, June 16, 2008

God's foreknowledge: contingencies or definities?

How do you view God's foreknowledge? Some who believe in it seem to see it as a foreknowledge of an endless number of possibilities based on numerous choices that many different people could make. Or, IOW, not particularly a foreknowledge of exactly what will happen, but a foreknowledge of all the endless possibilities that could happen.

Let me put forth a piece of history to make the discussion concrete.

Did God foreknow that U.S. President John F. Kennedy would die Friday, November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas? Did He foreknow John F. Kennedy would be assassinated?

If your answer is no, please explain how an omniscient God could not know this.

If your answer is yes, then (1) Could John F. Kennedy have chosen not to go to Dallas on November 22, 1963? and (2) Could the assassin have chosen not to shoot President Kennedy?

1 comment:

R. L. Vaughn said...

BTW, "definities" is a made-up word meaning "definite things" (unless someone should find it is a real word meaning something different, in which case I guess it is a real word that I used incorrectly).