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If God is mutable, he might cease to exist or cease to be the sustaining ground of the world. Finally, Geach also argues that only if God is good, aJmightly and changeless can we have the absolute confidence in him and his promises that Christians typically have. If God is mutable, no such guarantee exists, and Christianity is destroyed . But what precisely does it mean to say that something changes? We all have a usable pre-analytic grasp of the notion of change, but perhaps it would be helpful at this point to make some distinctions among different ways in which a given thing x can change[~.
And, as I will argue in Chapter 8, there is no good reason to affirm that omniscience is an essential property of God. g. doubt, sin - have to be experienced by people before they can know the true propositions in which they occur? Perhaps it is true for human beings (the watermelon case seems to suggest so, at any rate), but must it be true for God as well? Perhaps not. Just because we can't successfully express the experience of watermelon (or doubt) in propositions, doesn't mean it is impossible to do so.
Those who say that God is timelessly eternal will deny that he is subject to pure temporal change - he does not 'grow older'. Those like me who say that God is temporally eternal will affirm that God is subject to pure temporal change but will deny that this need imply that he changes in any other way. It looks, then, as if it is primarily the final category of change, alteration, that is importantly relevant to the theological claim that God is immutable. Accordingly, when I hereafter use the term 'immutable being' (and similar terms) I refer to a being that undergoes no alteration (whether or not it undergoes other sorts of change); and when I use the term 'change' it is alteration that I have in mind (unless otherwise indicated).