A little while ago I had a conversation with a Christian philosopher about the various views held by Christians (so-called, anyway) regarding God's relationship with time, and how he knows what happens in time. He gave me four broad views that pretty much cover all the possibilities for ways people think about God's knowledge of events in time. I thought it would be fun to give a little explanation of the views, and then let the participants on this board tell which one they feel is closest to their view of God and time. First of all there are two categories regarding one's view of God-whether he is mutable or immutable. A mutable God, as philosphically defined, gains experiences or knowledge from the moments in time because he exists in the moments of time, whether or not he actually experiences time as a succession of moments. An immutable God, as philosphically defined, does not have knowledge of time based on his existence within the moments in time. Under the mutable God category, there are two possibilities: Open Views (Process theism, open theism, etc.) -- God does not know free choices in the future, because he has not yet experienced what hasn't yet occured in time. Meticulous Views -- God knows all free choices in the future, but he knows them because he exists in (and experiences) all moments in time. He just exists in (or experiences) all the moments at once. (This one, by the way, is held by no major theologians or philosphers as far as the man I was speaking with knows, because it is generally considered to have contradictions that can't be reconciled, but he thinks it is quite common among lay people.) Under the immutable God category, there are two possibilities: Higher Dimension Views -- God sees time from a higher dimension, so he can view the whole picture of time always. When people talk about God relationship to time being like seeing all the frames of a movie, this is probably the view they hold to. Traditional Views -- God always knows everything done in every moment because everything at every moment depends on him. He planned each moment, and he brings it into being. So where would you fit in? Which view is closest to your own? Why?