God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
~Gregory A. Boyd
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Release data : April, 2000
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The Book that is Possible!
For those who are interested in getting a taste of what the "Open View" of God is, you will be pleased with this book. Whether or not you agree with Boyd, this book is successful in introducing this topic and allowing you to choose what you believe. Boyd has no desire to enforce an Orthodox to accept his view and even claims that this is not salvific, thus, not a matter to divide over. Please ignore the previous one star reviews (and future ones which are sure to arise) which respond out of fear of their Orthodox doctrine. This book will accomplish its goal of allowing you to study this view and accept it or not. Along those lines, this book is a five star book.
As far as the objections to the Open View, I feel Boyd has accomplished a great deal in many of the texts which first challenged my acceptance of this doctrine. I feel that Boyd's discussion on Peter's denial did not really support an Open View. I felt that he might be on the right track, but I am nevertheless not totally satisfied with it. I would also have liked for him to address Rev 17.8. For the most part though, many doubts I had were quelled by a very thorough yet basic approach to this doctrine.
Boyd has superior skill in making illustrations that work; illustrations which really help make what he is saying make sense and stick. Along these lines, Boyd is very practical. He believes that the true test of a doctrine is if it can be applied on a practical level. He is successful in showing how this doctrine if truly believed can affect your life. In writing the book, he obviously wanted to be practical and not technical. In my estimation, the scholar and the average person could walk away from this book having gained some insight.
Overall, this book is easily a five star book and will greatly challenge and enhance your life if you will let it.
Boyd's god of gaping gaps
Amusing read. Funny this stuff died out in Calvin's time - called Socinian heresy. Funny again it revived and died again in 19th century - called Nescience heresy. Nescience of course means not-knowing, i.e. divine ignorance.
Now it's rearing its dead head again for a new generation and is dying out again - called Openness heresy.
Those who cannot remember past heresies are condemned to repeat them.
To even suggest a god or deity of gaping gaps is ludicrous to the grown mind.
If you can imagine a god with gaps or lapse in love, justice, holiness, ever-presence, power, goodness, will, intention, ability, kindness, righteousness, majesty, relationality, joy, wisdom, and any other Scriptural attribute, then you are ripe for a god with lapse in knowledge of ANY subject.
A being unlimited in divine qualities except free future foreknowledge is - you guessed it: limited! An infinite being spatially but not temporally (futures forbidden) is - you guessed it: finite!
That, dear friend, is Socinianism or Nescience redux. The 'absent-minded-genius' complex or 'idiot savant': incredibly smart, but not too aware of his surroundings. A pathology or syndrome affecting fallen creatures. But the Creator Himself??
Divine ignorance? God-as-Guesser? Uncertain Deity? The Almighty Unaware One? The Clueless-of-Free-Future-Lord? Him-not-able-to-grasp? Beyond His capacity? The non-knower? Caught-by-surprise?
This is nothing but the religion of unravelment. Start with gaps in God's knowledge and there's no telling where it ends up.
You're welcome to worship 'Him Who has blindspots' from the perspective of Eternity interacting in Time.
Have you never read in Scripture, "I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob"? God is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him, all are alive. With the LORD, a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day. The future is as the past, the past as future.
Take your pick: a nescient god or the Bible's Prescient One.
"Woe to the world because of things that cause people to stumble into sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!" Mt. 18:7
Excellent book on a controversial topic
Wow! This book sure has gotten some folks blood boiling. I had not made the decision to buy this book until I read some of the reviews. It seems like negative review of the book was judged to be helpful and any positive review was judged to be unhelpful. This was regardless of the content of the review!
I found the book to be extremely well written. Whether or not someone agrees with the author's ideas has no bearing on the author's ability to convey his ideas. Boyd writes in an easy to read, enjoyable style. He covers the topic adequately for the layman which was his stated goal.
However, if you are looking for THE answer to this long runnig debate I doubt you will come away totally satisfied. That should not be suprising. It took mankind over 2000 years to figure out Zeno's absurdly simple paradox(not the parable) of the hare and the tortoise and even now very few can grasp it. How much longer will it take us to figure out God?