Augustine’s Confessions is an extended con- versation with God in which he often asks God’s help in solving the mysteries of human existence. One such mystery is the experience of time. God, he observed, has no sense of time because he lives in the eternal present. Mortals, however, have conceptions of the past, present, and future, and therein lies the mystery. We claim to measure how long in the past an event occurred, but past events no longer exist and, therefore, cannot be mea- sured. We claim to measure how far in the future a forthcoming event is, but future events do not yet exist and, therefore, cannot be measured. Even the present, which is the fleeting moment between the past and the future, occurs too quickly to be measured. “We measure neither times to come, nor past, nor present, nor passing; and yet we do measure times” (Pusey, 1961, p. 203). It was clear to Augustine that the terms past, present, and future could not refer to the physical world. What then accounts for the human exper iences of past, present, and future? Augustine’s answer was sur- prisingly modern.
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