from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having reference to all time.
- In grammar, including in its significance all the tenses.
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Many great minds have invested hours, years, careers and lifetimes debating whether God is within time (temporal), above and beyond time -- timeless (atemporal) -- or on God's own time (omnitemporal).
Thus each tended to emphasize the individuality or uniqueness of historical phenomena and to lay stress upon the need to regard the events of history in a light that presented them as integrally related to the specific periods and social milieus within which they took place: human nature was not conceived to be something static, the subject of omnitemporal laws or regularities, but was viewed as involved in a continual process of change, finding expression in forms of thought and feeling that were in turn reflections of diverse patterns of life or culture.
Were we able to adopt the perspective of the "super-monad" or God in Leibniz's universe, we would not see a universe filled with buzzing and moving objects or substances, but rather we would see something akin to a four-dimension tapestry composed of threads all beautifully intertwined with one another without any of these threads directly interacting with one another (recall that God is omnitemporal and thus does not experience time as unfolding but as something more akin to a flat geometrical surface).
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