Openness theology roots its popular appeal in the biblical picture of a God who is passionately loving and bent on rescuing the lost creatures he loves. Open theists believe that God responds to his creation and actually changes his plans as a result of how humans respond to him. In Most Moved Mover, Clark Pinnock argues that we need to have a view of God centered on God's open, relational, and responsive love for his creation. That picture of God has important implications for prayer, for prophecy, foreschatology, and for believers interested in thinking about God in new ways.
In 1994, Clark Pinnock along with four other scholars published The Openness of God, which set out a new evangelical vision of God centered on his open, relational, and responsive love for creation.
Since then, dozens of books and articles have been written to discuss the open view of God. It has become a major subject of debate within the Evangelical Theological Society, and Christianity Today has called for ongoing study of the subject by both classical theists and openness theologians. Now Pinnock, in an effort to continue ongoing conversation, returns with Most Moved Mover to defend the open view of God against criticism.
Most Moved Mover, the most passionate and articulate defense of openness theology to date, begins with an analysis of the heated debate sparked by the publication of The Openness of God. Pinnock then clears up misconceptions about openness theology, points out areas of agreement between classical and openness theologians, and lays the groundwork for future discussions.
From an insider's perspective, Pinnock takes readers deep into the openness debate that is shaking the evangelical movement, detailing reactions and replies from thinkers as diverse as Millard Erickson, Greg Boyd, and John Polkinghorne.
Most Moved Mover is sure to inform all evangelicals, regardless of their viewpoint, of the latest developments concerning the open view of God movement. It will be required reading in the academy and for church leaders who want to keep current with the ongoing evangelical debate about God's nature and attributes.
Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010) was professor of theology at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester and authored, edited, or coauthored more than twenty books, including More Than One Way and The Openness of God.
One of the hottest topics among Christian intellectuals in the last few years
has been "open theology" essentially, the theory that God has not irrevocably
fixed the future. Evangelical theologian Clark Pinnock got the conversation
started in 1994 with The Openness of God, which proposed that God responds to
humanity's actions in an open, relational way. Pinnock fires another shot in
the debate with Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness, which fleshes
out the open view of God, traces it back to the Bible and the early church,
and just as importantly responds to critics. Open theology, Pinnock explains,
"asks us to imagine a response-able and self-sacrificing God of changeable
faithfulness and vulnerable power." This is a well-reasoned and passionate
defense. Your move, traditionalists. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business