open theism

The Divine If

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. Running parallel to the “perhaps” passages of divine speech are conditional statements.[1] For example, Jeremiah 7:5-7 reads, If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or […]

The Divine Perhaps

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. The Hebrew word frequently translated “perhaps” appears in divine speech five times in the Old Testament. [1] The two passages most pertinent to this discussion are Ezekiel 12:1-3 and Jeremiah 26:2-3. The word of Yahweh came to me: “Son of man, you […]

The Book of Jonah

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. The prophetic promise of Jeremiah 18 finds its narrative fulfillment in the book of Jonah. Here, Yahweh makes what seems to be an unconditional promise that he will destroy Nineveh within forty days. Upon hearing Jonah’s message, however, the people humble themselves […]

Jeremiah 18:7-10

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. Where Exodus 32 provides a narrative account of Yahweh’s changing his mind, Jeremiah 18 provides Yahweh’s personal affirmation of his ability to do so. Through his prophet, Yahweh addresses the people’s belief that his judgment has been promised and so there is […]

Exodus 32:7–14 Part I

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. Of all the passages of Scripture speaking to the issue of divine repentance, few garner as much attention as Exodus 32, where, in dramatic fashion, Moses successfully convinces Yahweh to refrain from destroying the Israelites. Because of its centrality within the controversy […]

Divine Repentance

What follows is an excerpt from my book The Evangelical and The Open Theist. No issue is more central to the debate surrounding the place of open theists within evangelicalism than the compatibility of open theism with Scripture. While issues of philosophy and systematics are important when determining a theology’s validity, the implications of sola scriptura […]

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