Practical Implications: Prayer, Providence, and Theodicy

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.  Open theology has far-reaching implications beyond the realm of abstract theological and philosophical thought. The practical difference that such a concept of God makes in the lives of individual believers is immense. The Christian ascribing to open theology views prayer, providence, and […]

Divine Sovereignty

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.  General Sovereignty Opponents of open theism often argue that the open model of God undermines God’s sovereignty, claiming that in order for God to be able to guarantee the achievement of his goals, everything must be under his complete control. Open theists […]

Divine Foreknowledge

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the first of two posts specifically addressing divine foreknowledge.  Impassibility and immutability are not, however, the source of greatest controversy in this debate. Openness is so unsettling to classical systematicians because it threatens a foundational presupposition of traditional theology: exhaustive divine […]

Divine Immutability and Impassibility

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.   PHILOSOPHY AND SYSTEMATICS  For the typical evangelical, steeped in traditional Reform-era theology, accepting open theism requires a tremendous philosophical and theological paradigm shift in thinking, for it is here that the differences between the open and traditional positions are the most […]

Israel and Paul

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the last of three posts addressing Romans 9–11.  Yet, while reading Paul’s argument, the necessity of Israel’s being cast off is not immediately clear. Could not the Gentiles have come into the covenant without the Jews being temporarily thrown out? Paul’s […]

Romans 9-11

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. This is the second of three posts addressing Romans 9–11.  At the heart of the debate is faith, for faith has always been the standard by which God has judged his people. The Jews refused to put their faith in Christ, choosing […]