God and time II
Philosophical and theological perspectives on time

  • Time: Fri–Sat, 17–18 August 2018
  • Venue: Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
  • Organisation: Florian Fischer, Tascha Hilgert and Marcus Schmücker

Program and abstracts


A question that can be found in many religious traditions of the world, one that has had far-reaching consequences for the history of theological and philosophical concepts in these traditions, is the opposition between a timeless and immutable highest Being existing above a temporally changing world, and the need for such a Being to have a relation to temporal change or time in general, to be a temporal and changing but still transcending God. It is a weighty topic that has been dealt with by many theologians and philosophers, particularly in the various monotheistic traditions. The workshop will examine it from different perspectives, perspectives that not only reflect diverse methodological approaches, such as analytical theology, but that also follow the rich textual evidence of controversial discussions in the monotheistic traditions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, in the mediaeval Indian tradition of Vedānta (Mādhva Vedānta and Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta), as well as influential texts discussing atheistic Buddhist concepts of time.

This workshop is being conducted in cooperation with the network Society of Philosophy of Time (SPoT) and is the second workshop on this topic. For more information, please see the network's website.

Kindly register your participation by 3 August 2018 with an email to marcus.schmuecker(at)oeaw.ac.at.


  • Jon Hoover (Nottingham University) – Ibn Taymiyya on God, time and creation
  • Ryan Mullins (University of St Andrews) – From divine clockmaker to divine timemaker
  • Martin Pickup (University of Oxford) – Where is God? Divine presence and location
  • Stephanie Rennick (University of Glasgow) – Divine providence and causal loops
  • Masamichi Sakai (Osaka University) – Non-persistence in time? The Buddhist account of intrinsic nature
  • Daniel Saudek (Philosophical-theological Academy Brixen) – Time's arrow, relativity and God's eternity: From the finitude of creatures to the asymmetric structure of the worldline
  • Marcus Schmücker (Austrian Academy of Sciences) – Veṅkaṭanātha on God and time
  • Michael Schulz (University of Bonn) – Historical eternity: The approaches of Wolfhart Pannenberg and Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Ze'ev Strauss (University of Hamburg) – God, eternity and time in Philo of Alexandria
  • Panayiotis Tzamalikos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – God, essence, and time in Origen

Michael Williams (Austrian Academy of Sciences) – New theories of time and God in sixteenth century India


All participants are welcome, but please send a short email to marcus.schmücker@oeaw.ac.at to let us know you are coming.