Has God ever been bored, or is currently bored, or might, at some stage, become bored? In a 2017 paper for the scholarly journal Religious Studies (Volume 53, Issue 1, pp. 51-70) authors Vuko Andrić (Akademischer Rat., University of Bayreuth, Germany) and Attila Tanyi (University of Tromsø, Norway) suggest that if God is omnitemporal [i.e. always has been, is, and always will be] he* might be quite likely to suffer from boredom. And if so, they say, that would give rise to a fundamental philosophical paradox :
“[However] since God is the greatest possible being (as we assumed God to be, following perfect being theology), he cannot be bored. Hence, God cannot be omnitemporal, but must be timeless; and if he cannot be timeless, then he does not exist.”
See: ‘God and eternal boredom’.
This viewpoint, however, has now been questioned, perhaps challenged, or even refuted, by Jerome Gellman (emeritus professor of philosophy, Ben-Gurion University, Israel) who, in a new paper for the same journal, asserts that :
“Since God has no self-needs, God has no unfulﬁlled needs. But, to fall into boredom requires experiencing a lack, having self-regarding needs unfulﬁlled. So, God cannot fall into boredom.”
And so, by extension :
“Since it is logically impossible for God to fall into boredom, God can be everlasting in time.”
See: ‘It is logically impossible for everlasting God to fall into boredom’ Religious Studies (2018) 54, 285–288
* BONUS Assignment [optional] : The authors of both papers consistently use the personal pronoun ‘he’ when referring to God – discuss.