At 10:03 AM 05/23/2002 -0500, you wrote:
While he can regret his past history with these three as temporal
critters, Eliot is destined to encounter them in the atemporal reality of
the Absolute, hence they are "in the future."
That's a jaw dropper. What makes you say he "is destined to meet them in
the atemporal reality of the Absolute"? Even if there is reason to say so,
as you've already pointed out the eternal is not related to the temporal in
a way that would permit what you nevertheless go ahead and say ("hence they
are 'in the future'").