Joe121589 wrote:Or in theological terms, it is referred to as eternally travelling in hope without ever arriving.
In Judeo-Christian theology, for example in the work of theologians such as Duns Scotus, the infinite nature of God invokes a sense of being without constraint, rather than a sense of being unlimited in quantity. I
randylkemp wrote:Take a look at Infinity in theology and mathematics. Also look at the entry in the Catholic encyclopedia (i.e. The infinity of God section). In the Wiki article it says,In Judeo-Christian theology, for example in the work of theologians such as Duns Scotus, the infinite nature of God invokes a sense of being without constraint, rather than a sense of being unlimited in quantity. I
Now can someone here finally answer this question from the middle ages?
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
I read the paper. It was a difficult read. Almost impossible to understand, as it would be to imagine being outside time.
The dichotomy paradox leads to the following mathematical joke. A mathematician, a physicist and an engineer were asked to answer the following question. A group of boys are lined up on one wall of a dance hall, and an equal number of girls are lined up on the opposite wall. Both groups are then instructed to advance toward each other by one quarter the distance separating them every ten seconds (i.e., if they are distance d apart at time 0, they are d/2 at t=10, d/4 at t=20, d/8 at t=30, and so on.) When do they meet at the center of the dance hall? The mathematician said they would never actually meet because the series is infinite. The physicist said they would meet when time equals infinity. The engineer said that within one minute they would be close enough for all practical purposes.
According to unimpeachable sources, it's not how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, it's how many can do it on the point of a needle — which, of course, makes more sense.
Joe121589 wrote:I guess a better question is how do we as mortals experience infinity? The popular concept is to see the human experience of infinity in quantitative terms. Case and point, the idea that Heaven is endless time, which sounds pretty scary to me. This reminds me of the question of how to tell if something is super or sub rational. On the surface, they have the same appearance of lacking explanation, only with the sub-rational, there is no explanation, and the super-rational, the explanation transcends rationality.
DaveB wrote:I personally witnessed 14 angels on the head of a ball-peen hammer, but it was really crowded...
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