chapter  IX
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More meditations on time

Eternity Augustine must pay a price for his ingenious solution to the problem of God’s idleness, that time began when the universe began. According to his Christian conception the universe does not comprise everything, because it does not comprise God. God did not create himself; nor did he come into existence without a creator, for Christians cannot admit that God came into existence at all. But if time had a beginning, must there not be a beginning of God’s existence at the first moment of time? Otherwise, surely, he would have existed before that moment, so that it would not have been the first. To combine a God without beginning and time with a beginning seems like self-contradiction.