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God of the Possible

Paperback|May 2000
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Through an examination of relevant biblical passages, this theologian-pastor presents an alternative "open view" to the classical doctrine on God\u2019s foreknowledge of the future.


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Through an examination of relevant biblical passages, this theologian-pastor presents an alternative "open view" to the classical doctrine on God\u2019s foreknowledge of the future.
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1. The Classical View Of Divine Foreknowledge2. The God Who Faces A Partially Open Future3. What Difference Does It Make?4. Questions And Objections176 Pages
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"There is no doubt that issues of Christian faith are now set in a radically new and demanding situation in U.S. society. In response, there is a great, penetrating theological ferment under way that stretches across the spectrum of liberal and conservative theological interpretation. In this book Greg Boyd offers a thoughtful, caring, and courageous contribution to that new interpretive undertaking, a contribution that is marked by careful, disciplined thought and sensitivity to the materials with which he works. His careful analysis makes clear that the classical theological tradition has been ''misguided'' in its governing categories imposed from Hellenistic philosophy. As a consequence, theological development has proceeded in categories that have distorted the truth and radicality of biblical revelation and left the church with much to unlearn. Boyd''s work is not primarily critical, however, but constructive. He is able to show in clear and responsible biblical interpretation that the future is not closed off by a settled divine foreknowledge, but the future is left open for possible emergents that are not yet in purview, either divine or human. The old theological conversation has been governed by scholastic formulations of ''predestination-free will.'' Boyd is wise in refusing to submit to such categories but rather follows the contours of the text that does not conform or submit to such reductionist categories. The outcome of his study is to take the Bible seriously, to notice how venturesome is the decisive text of revelation and how inscrutably it moves beyond all of our intellectual attempts to control or domesticate. By his courage Boyd makes available a genuinely evangelical portrayal of the biblical God, a portrayal that takes with deep seriousness the course of lived human history. Readers who want old settlements should be on notice. But those who are open to the leadings of the testimony of Scripture, Boyd invites to a faithful and vigorous rethink."--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary"Greg Boyd presents a powerful argument for the open view of God as omnipotent, sovereign, and yet vulnerable. Boyd''s God is alive and personal as well as infinite and perfectly wise. The portrait of God drawn here is unrecognizable compared to the caricatures of openness theism''s God crudely crafted by many of its critics. It is much more majestic and beautiful as well as biblical. Inquiring Christian minds will love this book for its creativity and clarity. Closed minds will despise it for the same reasons. Those who have been merely ''open to the openness of God'' will find its arguments difficult to resist. Everyone who reads it will be challenged to reconsider traditional ideas of God in the light of a fresh reading of Scripture. Baker Book House is to be commended for living up to its Reformed commitments by publishing this book. To be ''Reformed'' is to be open to new light from God''s Word: ''reformed and always reforming.'' "--Roger E. Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University"Gregory Boyd gives a strong and accessible argument for views that challenge some traditional theological positions. Many will disagree, but fair-minded readers will come to understand both that the ''open God'' position is motivated by a desire to be faithful to the Bible and that it is consistent with both classical Christian orthodoxy and evangelical distinctives. Boyd himself provides a fine example of how evangelical Christians may disagree in a loving and respectful manner."--C. Stephen Evans, professor of philosophy and dean for research and scholarship, Calvin College"A stunning book--on the biblical truth of an open future and the revolutionary benefits of believing it. What a great way to begin the new millennium theologically with the open view of God. I only hope that his witness is heard before the self-styled guardians of the tradition marginalize him."--Clark H. Pinnock, McMaster Divinity College"A quiet mov
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 143968
  • Product Code 080106290X
  • EAN 9780801062902
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category God & Trinity
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date May 2000
  • Sales Rank 34982
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 13mm
  • Weight 0.256kg

Gregory A Boyd

Gregory A. Boyd (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, he was a professor of theology at Bethel College, also in St. Paul. His books include Cynic, Sage or Son of God?, Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies, Letters from a Skeptic, God of the Possible, Repenting of Religion, Seeing is Believing, Escaping the Matrix, Is God to Blame?, and God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil.

Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • Preface<br>introduction<br>1&#9;the Classical View Of Divine Foreknowledge<br>2&#9;the God Who Faces A Partially Open Future<br>3&#9;what Difference Does It Make?<br>4&#9;questions And Objections<br>appendix A&#9;other Passages Supporting The Open View Of God And The Future<br>notes

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