God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God - eBook  -     By: Gregory A. Boyd
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 9781585581504
ISBN-13: 9781585581504
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Publisher's Description

Through an examination of relevant biblical passages, this theologian-pastor presents an alternative "open view" to the classical doctrine on God's foreknowledge of the future.

Author Bio

Gregory A. Boyd is professor of theology at Bethel College and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church (Baptist General Conference) of St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of seven books, including Letters from a Skeptic, which won a Gold Medallion Award.

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This exceptionally engaging and biblically centered text defends a theological claim that is generating heated controversy among evangelicals: that from God's perspective, the future is partly open, a realm of possibilities as well as certainties. Boyd, 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 could learn new information, or that God's intentions could change. Boyd sidesteps the more abstruse theological debates surrounding this issue in favor of a patient, but not pedantic, exposition of a "motif of future openness" in biblical narrative and prophecy. 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. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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  1. Aurora, CO
    Age: 45-54
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    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Heretical view of God
    December 20, 2012
    Aurora, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    This is nothing but heresy, even Arminianism rejects this author's view of God. God's Lesser Glory by Bruce Ware is an excellent book that describes the problems with Open Theism. I can't believe that this is passing as evangelical theology. It is definetely theology but it is not evangelical.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 11, 2008
    Jake Hothem
    An amazing book! Boyd takes "Open view" from a pure biblical context not tainted by religion or mans doctrine. An excellent read for those who are seeking real truth and liberation from the rules of the Christian religion.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 2, 2007
    Shawn Beaty
    Unlike many of the critics who have written a review, I actually read the book. It is a very interesting view of the future and the people of God. Boyd never says that God can not determine the future and he needs us to do so, he says that God has chosen in some areas of our existence to allow us to choose and help determine his future. Before you cry heresy read it objectively and with as little conservative or liberal bias as possible.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    May 27, 2007
    Rob McMichael
    Boyd does an abject disservice to the church, Christendom & to God Himself with the writing of this tome. Boyd uses conjecture and isogesis to offer an ersatz dogma for the openness movement. In doing so, he 'legitimizes' God's inability to do virtually anything without the help of man--I wonder if Mr. Boyd has ever read the book of Romans! This does nothing more than attenuate the gospel message of Christ & His atoning work on the cross.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 13, 2003
    Seth Miller
    This is a wonderfully refreshing book that finally presents a docrinally sound alternative to the classical views of God and time in practical and understandable language. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is stuggling with the problem of evil or simply wants to explore theology with an open mind! Amateurish?
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