Sympathy for the Devil?

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March 11, 2013
Austro-Athenian Empire
by Roderick T. Long  
Posted in Commentary

"Aquinas reviews several accounts of aeveternity and proposes his own. The problem is that, perhaps apart from one option that Aquinas dismisses as incoherent, none of the accounts seems incompatible with angels’ choices being revocable. In any case, if one can petition God, whose choices are supposed to be timeless -- and if Catholics petition saints, whose choices are supposed to be aeviternal -- then apparently trying to influence the choices of nontemporal agents is kosher, so why should Satan’s nontemporal character be a bar to hoping for him to mend his ways?" (03/10/13)  

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