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ISBN/ASIN : 0830818529
Manufacturer : InterVarsity Press|
Release data : October, 1994
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Excellent Primer on Open Theism
"Open Theism" first came to my attention a few years ago, at the beginning of my brief mission work in Brazil. At that time, reading about it in Christianity Today, I thought it sounded ridiculous. How things have changed.
Open theism proposes, among other things, that God does not have perfect knowledge of our future. As strange as this might sound to people trained in classic views of God, it makes a lot of what the Bible says about God much clearer.
This book, "The Openness of God," is an excellent place to start studying open theism. The only section I felt uncertain about was the portion entitled "A Philosophical Perspective" by William Hasker. Most of my misgivings can possibly be attributed to lack of personal aptitude for philosophy as a field, but I also did not like the way he kept telling the reader what "a majority of philosophers" think about this or that (as though that alone added weight to what he was saying).
All in all, this is a wonderful book and a great introduction to open theism.
A worthy defense of a fascinating position
As a college student in his late 30s who is majoring in philosophy, I can testify to the accuracy of this book's historical section. As the authors ably point out, much of the modern Christian conception of God comes not from the Bible but from the writings of Plato and Aristotle. And the God of Greek philosophy is far more remote and inhuman than the one portrayed in both the Old and New Testaments. This has created a tension in the field of theology proper which has left many perplexed and confused.
The Openness of God offers a remedy to this ages-old mixture of divine revelation and pagan thinking. It challenges us to accept God as the Bible portrays Him, emotions, ambivalence and all. Readers will discover a deity who is just as powerful as the one described in classical theism, but who is also far easier for humans to relate to.
This book and ones like it have been unfairly and maliciously attacked by narrow-minded critics, who call it everything from anti-Calvinist to an apologetic for Mormonism. Nonsense. What the open minded seeker will find in these pages is a cogent yet humble case for a view of the Creator which is both refreshingly new and yet millenia old. Very highly recommended for everyone interested in theology, philosophy or apologetics.
God is not to blame!!!!
This book clearly outlines the Biblical argument for the principal of the one and only Sovereign God is perfectly reflected in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God, and this book points out the love God has for His creation and that He is not always responsible for the hardships that take place in the daily lives of people.
A must read for anyone interested in how a loving sovereign God can let evil happen...since He is in control!!!
A must read!!!!