Openness of God: Biblical Challenge
Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the Year! The Openness of God presents a careful and full-orbed argument that the God known through Christ desires "responsive relationship" with his creatures. While it rejects process theology, the...
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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the Year!
The Openness of God presents a careful and full-orbed argument that the God known through Christ desires "responsive relationship" with his creatures. While it rejects process theology, the book asserts that such classical doctrines as God's immutability, impassibility and foreknowledge demand reconsideration.
The authors insist that our understanding of God will be more consistently biblical and more true to the actual devotional lives of Christians if we profess that "God, in grace, grants humans significant freedom" and enters into relationship with a genuine "give-and-take dynamic."
The Openness of God is remarkable in its comprehensiveness, drawing from the disciplines of biblical, historical, systematic and philosophical theology. Evangelical and other orthodox Christian philosophers have promoted the "relational" or "personalist" perspective on God in recent decades. Now here is the first major attempt to bring the discussion into the evangelical theological arena.
William Hasker (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is professor emeritus of philosophy at Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana. His books include Metaphysics: Constructing a World View; God, Time, and Knowledge; Reason and Religious Belief (with Michael Peterson, David Basinger and Bruce Reichenbach); The Openness of God (with Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John Sanders and David Basinger); Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings (edited with Michael Peterson, David Basinger and Bruce Reichenbach); The Emergent Self; Middle Knowledge: Theory and Applications (edited with David Basinger and Eef Dekker) and Providence, Evil and the Openness of God. Most recently Hasker has been preparing the inaugural volume in the Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology series The Triumph of God Over Evil: Theodicy for a World of Suffering.
John Sanders (Th.D., University of South Africa) is Visiting Professor of Religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. He has edited and written several books, including No Other Name: An Investigation into the Destiny of the Unevangelized and Atonement and Violence: A Theological Coversation
Three of his previous book projects have received a Christianity Today Book Award: What About Those Who Have Never Heard?; The Openness of God and The God who Risks.
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David Basinger is professor of philosophy and ethics at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. He is the author of Divine Power in Process Theism (SUNY) and The Case for Free-will Theism (InterVarsity Press) joint author of the books Reason and Religious Belief: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford) and Religious Diversity: A Philosophical Assessment (Ashgate).
T. Richard Rice, PhD is Professor of Religion -Theological Studies at Loma Linda University, California. He is a Seventh Day Adventist who is at the fore front of evangelical open-theism. He is the author of God's Foreknowledge and Man's Free Will (Bethany), Reason and the Countours of Faith (La Sierra University Press) and Ministry Healing:Toward a Theology of Wholeness and Witness (Loma Linda University Press).
Clark H. Pinnock (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is professor emeritus of systematic theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, and has written or edited twenty books, including Most Moved Mover, More Than One Way, The Openness of God, Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit and The Scripture Principle. He is one of the main proponents of the Open Theism and Free-will Theism movements.
- 1. Biblical Support For A New Perspective - <em>richard Rice</em>
- 2. Historical Considerations - <em>john Sanders</em>
- 3. Systematic Theology - <em>clark H. Pinnock</em>
- 4. A Philosophical Perspective - <em>william Hasker</em>
- 5. Practical Implications - <em>david Basinger</em>