The property of knowing everything. The traditional philosophical problem is to reconcile the orthodox idea that God knows everything with the absence of predetermination, or in other words with the idea that whereas the past is fixed the future remains somehow ‘open’. To many thinkers it has seemed that if God knows, already, what will happen tomorrow, then human free will and responsibility must be a mere sham.

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  • Omniscience — Om*nis cience, n. [Cf. F. omniscience.] The quality or state of being omniscient; the quality of knowing everything; an attribute peculiar to God. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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