What follows is, with some minor modifications, an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist.
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This book’s goal is to demonstrate the compatibility of open theology with the evangelical understanding of Scripture. I intended Chapter 1 to provide an outline of evangelical beliefs. This outline should frame the issue for the rest of the book.
Chapter 2 will evaluate passages of Scripture pertinent to the debate. I will look at passages both in favor of and in opposition to open theology.
Scripture is of the utmost importance in the evangelical mind. I will, therefore, devote the most time and energy to this chapter.
The Open Theist Philosophy
Open theists frequently charge that opposition to their position is, in fact, philosophical rather than scriptural. So, Chapter 3 will evaluate the philosophical and systematic implications of open theism. Chapter 3 will also touch on the practical effects open theology may have in the daily life of the believer.
Finally, in Chapter 4, I will conclude my argument. There, I will evaluate the compatibility of open theism and evangelicalism in light of the previous three chapters.
Compatability, Not Truth
This book does not seek to advocate the open model of God over and above any other. Instead, it aims to establish open theism’s place as a legitimate expression of evangelical theology.
Fulfilling this aim requires a presentation of the interaction between open theism and other schools of thought. I must, therefore, include the counterarguments open theists present against their opponents. This should not, however, be mistaken as an endorsement of open theism.
I do not seek to establish open theism as the most accurate expression of the biblical witness. That is not my purpose.
Instead, I hope that through this book, even those—like me—who reject open theism can garner some understanding of the open theist’s position. In doing so, I hope that evangelicals can look past the shrill demagoguery of those seemingly incapable of distinguishing sixteenth-century Reformation theology from the actual message of Scripture.
If this can happen, I am optimistic that evangelicals can accept adherents of open theism as fellow believers and, indeed, as fellow evangelicals.
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