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Subject: RE: (urth) Silk's perception of time
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 10:59:29 -0700
From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 

Don Dogget, agent of SMERSH, emerged from an alley and dropped
the microfilm. When deciphered, it read:

> what we are saying is that God exists in the past, present,=20
> and future simultaneously and without differentiation.  God=20
> isn't in the past, seeing the future, or in the future,=20
> seeing the past.  God is always NOW. =20

Actually, I think this slightly reverses the usual understanding
of the relationship between God-in-Eternity and Time. I would
not say that God "is always NOW"; rather, I would say that God
perceives past, present, and future as always-already=20
simultaneously present before God. To say that God is NOW almost=20
seems to restrict God, to place God in the NOW, whereas I posit
that we want to say that no moment contains or can contain God.

> In essence, when Silk saw Patera Pike pray=20
> to the Outsider for help he saw it as it happened (not as a=20
> vision of the past), and when he perceived that time had=20
> stopped in his present, time really had stopped.

With this I completely concur -- God/the Outsider makes those
moments "present" to Silk which Silk "needs" to perceive.



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