While I've been away I (re-)read an interesting book by Dr. Peter Vardy called The Puzzle of God (1995 edition). Dr. Vardy is a lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at London University's Heythrop College. He says "If you ask someone who speaks Chinese to write down the Chinese symbol for God, he or she may well say, 'Which one? The Catholic God or the Protestant God? The Chinese language has a character for each of the two different Gods. He goes on to say 'There is an enormous difference between the Gold of traditional Catholic theology and the God with which many Protestants identify, although many Catholics worship the Protestant idea of God and many Protestants think in terms of the Catholic view.' He does adds at one point that "Most believers in all churches have never even thought the issue!' He gives three different models of God, although only two concern us here. The first he calls the Wholly Simple God. God is simple (has no parts), timeless and spaceless, and is immutable (unchanging). God exists outside time and space. All time is eternally present to him. There is no such thing as past and future to God. The second he calls the Everlasting Suffering God. God exists in time and because of that God cannot know the future. since it has not yet happened. On the way to this point he discusses "What is truth?" and in what way can human language be used in reference to God. With the simple timeless God, only metaphors and analogies can be used since such a God is so different to us. God cannot actually change his mind or have emotions. With the everlasting God univocal language can be used. Univocal language is where words mean broadly the same thing in different situations. Each of these models has problems. For example with the simple, timeless God there are the problems of language (noted above). Also in this view God cannot suffer and we have to question whether we could have a personal relationship with such a God. An everlasting, suffering God might seem too anthropomorphic, more like a superhuman, insufficiently transcendent. Also if God exists inside time then he cannot have created it and cannot know the future and this is a limitation on his omniscience, as is suffering.