A respected pastor and theologian’s alternative view on the classic topic of God’s foreknowledge.
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This exceptionally engaging and biblically centered text defends a theological claim that is generating heated controversy among evangelicals. The Open view of God holds that the future is partly open, for it includes possibilities as well as settled realities. Since God is omniscient and knows reality perfectly, God knows the future partly as a domain of possibilities. Boyd, [former] professor of theology at Bethel College (St. Paul, Minn.) and author of Letters from a Skeptic and God at War, displays a remarkable ability to make “open theism” accessible to a wide audience.
Open theism usually receives a cool reception among evangelical theologians, whose views of divine foreknowledge often echo Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin, as well as Hellenistic philosophical theology. This classical tradition interprets God’s perfection as eternal changelessness, ruling out the possibility that God’s intentions could change. Boyd sidesteps the more obtuse theological debates surrounding this issue in favor of a patient, but not pedantic, exposition of a “motif of future openness” in the biblical narrative. These biblical texts repeatedly portray God as changing plans in response to human decisions, viewing future events as contingent and even being disappointed at how events turn out. Boyd clearly believes the debate over open theism has gotten off to an unfortunate start, as disagreements about the “settledness” of the future have unnecessarily been interpreted as challenges to God’s omniscience or sovereignty. This convincing, clear book promises to raise the caliber of argument in the controversy.
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