Eternal Progression and the Foreknowledge of God

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Eternal Progression and the Foreknowledge of God

Author James R. Harris

Emphatic statements have been made by Church authorities regarding the nature of eternal progression. For example, Joseph Fielding Smith and Bruce R. McConkie have stated: "It should be realized that God is not progressing in knowledge, truth, virtue, wisdom, or any of the attributes of godliness. He has already gained these in their fulness." Other statements have been made by other Church leaders that appear to confirm and also to conflict with the statement quoted above. Both conflicting and confirming statements have often come from the same persons. A few examples are quoted in parallel columns below. Some statements represent God as progressing in knowledge and glory. Some statements indicate that God possesses all knowledge.