If I were God, I'd know the entire history of the universe forever, future as well as past, I'd also know in advance every one of my own acts.

Oh, but wait, there's a dilemma there, isn't there?

Either God is bound by his future acts and has no free will, or he isn't omniscient at all because he doesn't know the future.

I call this The Problem of Omniscience.

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I don't know if it's orignal, but it just occurred to me while thinking about some of the issues discussed in the discussion of the problem of evil/suffering.

Not that I'm jealous, (ok maybe a little) but how did that happen so easily? LOL!!!

Congratulations Uncle Unseen!! LOL!!!

You get another prize for having a discussion featured that hasn't even begun yet ;-)

That's because we knew it would be featured....:-)

I used my free will to prevent myself from knowing you would say that so "take that atheist"! Oh wait...I knew beforehand I was going to prevent myself from knowing what I already knew. Maybe there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know........wait a minute, that sounds familiar??

I think you don't know that you know what you're talking about, but both you and I know that you really do know, therefore we all know that Reg the Fronkey Farmer is all knowing.

I knew you would know that one too!!

The known knowns = scientific knowledge

The unknown unknowns = paranoid preemptive murderous missile strikes

The known unknowns = future research/endless-philosophical-questions

The unknown knowns = Jesus our lord saviour who experienced three glorious days of sado-masochism on the cross so he could die to save humanity from their sins???


Broken clocks are right twice a day, Belle. Not that Unseen is a broken clock, but he has been putting out lots of discussions recently.

But if you were omniscient, you could change the future.  Aha. 

Omnipotent, rather.  But if you'd created the universe, you would be. 


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