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READ & DOWNLOAD The Openness of God: A Biblical Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of God î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB í [PDF] ✅ The Openness of God: A Biblical Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of God By Clark H. Pinnock – EyltrArkable in its comprehensiveness drawing from the disciplines of biblical historical systematic and philosophical theology Evangelical and other orthodox Christian philosophers have promoted the xrelationalx or xpersonalistx perspective on God in recent decades Now here is the first major attempt to bring the discussion into the evangelical theological arena. This book is the work of five authors who set forth a version of theism known as Open Theism the defining though not necessarily central characteristic of which is the proposition that God's omniscience does not include everything that will be actualised in the futurebr Richard Rice opens with an exegetical case for the notion that God's immutability is restricted only to His character and ultimate plans; He experiences change in His actions experiences and knowledge Both the Old and New Testament are briefly but carefully mined to bring out both the pathos and openness of God to His people and the future respectively Already in Rice's chapter the pioneering Scriptural defense of open theism we see a reasonable refutation of the only TWO verses in the OT 1Sam 1529 and Num 2319 which states that &uot;God does not change His mind&uot; which Rice convincingly argues when taken in context is synonymous with &uot;God does not LIE&uot; He contrasts this with the more than THIRTY which make the opposite point eg Jer18 Isa Hosea etc Rice then discusses the life of Jesus and shows how the intense pathos of God is revealed through the Incarnate Son's ministry tears and ultimately His death on the Cross How the doctrine of immutability can claim to be Scripturally derived in the light of the life of Christ is truly a mystery Rice's work is passionate meticulous and unassuming; the very first chapter of the first major work on the movement lays down the arguments in the Scriptural arena within which the debate needs to take place I heartily recommend himbr Next I don't like saying this but I'm afraid I found John Sanders' contribution a little on the boring side at the time His chapter is a very comprehensive look at what theologians throughout history believed about divine immutability relationality etc Sanders shows the undeniable continuity between Platonic ideals and early Christian thought and makes a strong case for the nonability of much theological thinking to break free from the unBiblical notions left by this early influence A very textbooklike chapter consisting less of an argument than a survey of a remarkably persistent trend to euate 'Perfection' in terms of 'Unchangeability' Hopefully more people will find it more interesting than I did but if not Sanders' chapter of a similar nature in his &uot;God Who Risks&uot; will more than compensate for any disappointment with his work this time aroundbr Clark Pinnock then whips the storm back up again with his powerful and systematic proposal for a RELATIONAL view of God as the foundation of everything else we understand about Him His experiences actions and most saliently for the book His knowledge is dynamic and undergoes progress and change by the very nature of the Person He is and the Creation He's brought into existence Like Sanders' piece this chapter doesn't so much argue a case for opentheism as much as it elaborates a particular understanding of God given the authors' assumptions I've found this approach to be characteristic of Pinnock's work in which in effect he seems to be saying &uot;I'm not going to try hard to prove you wrong and I right; I'm just going to show you the theological beauty and benefits of my view of God and its congruity with Scripture and you tell me if you prefer this to traditional mainly Reformed theology&uot;br William Hasker's philosophical perspective my favourite next to Rice's begins by highlighting problems with the notion of divine timelessness and scrutinizing the traditional euation of divine 'perfection' with divine immutability His essay begs us to reconsider &uot;What is 'perfection' in a Personal Being anyway And why have we traditionally associated it with 'changelessness'&uot; He like Sanders pinpoints NeoPlatonic philosophy as the major influence on classical theologians for their bias against change He then briefly discusses the major theistic viewpoints of divine providence and omniscience Calvinism which makes God logically responsible for all evil Molinism which though removing many problems associated with Calvinistic divine sovereignity still eventually makes God the 'Arch Manipulator' Simple Foreknowledge which sorta 'imprisons' God in His foreknowledge making Him helpless to intervene Process Theology which is panentheism in Biblical packaging and Open Theism which Hasker sets forth as showing God to be a loving risktaker who desires creatures who voluntarily love and befriend Him and has thus actualised a universe with incredible contigencies beauty and surprise but also terrible potentialbr Finally we come to David Basinger's spelling out of the explanatory and experiential superiority of opentheism as compared to Calvinism and Process Theology on the following aspects petitionary prayer divine guidance suffering social responsibility and evangelistic responsibility Like Hasker he presents opentheism as the redeeming 'middle ground' between the divine helplessness of process theology and the alldetermining Control Deity of Calvinism Only with opentheism can there be a meaningful notion of human responsibility contra Calvinism which leaves one wondering what the point is resisting evilsin since everything's been foreordained without the need to state that God has already done 'all that He can' contra process theology which gives us a powerless God Though insightful and honest with regard to existing nonresolved issues I wouldn't recommend this chapter to anyone not at least open to the possibility that the Bible teaches the openness of Godbr Although the book being a pioneering 'groundbreaker' for open theism certainly needs more elaboration and work I'd have to say that I agree with its overall thesis Critics often fail to note that open theists employ solid Biblical epistemology and evidence to derive the backbone of the view particularly the nonexhaustive understanding of God's omniscience the Sriptural evidence for immutability is pitifully scant; the number of 'divine repentance' passages itself like I've mentioned is a staggering 30plus which was the major factor forcing me to rethink my theology I can't help but wonder why God would say so often in His very own Word that He experiences genuine changes of mind and thus knowledge if this is a completely false ontological notion Unfortunately academic backlash is usually focused on the philosophical and experiential implications of open theism all the whilst seemingly ignorant or dismissive of the powerful Scriptural case in favour of itbr With that said I would propose that this book be read only AFTER one absorbs either John Sanders' &uot;God Who Risks&uot; or Gregory Boyd's more accessible &uot;God of the Possible&uot; All in all the book IMO represents an inspiring work and a necessary provocation to the Christian especially the Reformed community to relook at its Biblical foundations and traditional presuppositions about the nature of God And in closing allow me to uote from Pinnock's chapter which elouently sums up the picture of God the book puts forthbr &uot;God is so transcendant that he creates room for others to exist and maintains a relationship with themGod is so powerful as to be able to stoop down and humble Himselfand God is so stable and secure as to be able to risk suffering and change&uot;

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EconsiderationThe authors insist that our understanding of God will be consistently biblical and true to the actual devotional lives of Christians if we profess that xGod in grace grants humans significant freedomx The Openness MOBI #190 and enters into relationship with a genuine xgiveandtake dynamicxThe Openness of Openness of God A Biblical EpubGod is rem. Clark Pinnock has used his considerable skills in persuasive rhetorical writing to make his view of an 'open deity' more palatable to a wider audience Award him points for stretching the evangelical envelope But the envelope tears when he tries to build a case for openness where the deity is more than just open to our inputprayersdecisions but who is unable to know as definite in advance just what that input will bebr Somewhere in the openness model God's Attributes are downgradedbr For example Omniscience is now multisciencenot 100% knowledgebr but only all we logically imagine he could possible be aware ofbr excluding much of freeagent future decisions The Biblical position of Exhaustive DivineDefinite Foreknowledge of free agency in micro is reduced to extensive temporal forecasting in macro thus agency and responsibility are 'preserved' and 'genuine'br This book boldly goes where few men and fewer angels have gone before SociniansWhiteheadHartshornePeircemany Process theologians like Cobbbr Pinnock dares to jettison the position of Old Testament Judaismbr New Testament apostolic authorsChrist HimselfEarly Church Fathers as AugustineAthanasiusReformers like LutherCalvinbr MelanchthonBucerZwingliKnox;later theologians like Arminiusbr WesleyEdwardsSpurgeonWaltherPieperLenskiMatthew Henrybr Carl Henryet alas well as historical Roman CatholicOrthodoxbr scholarshipbr The close association with Process Thought not wholly embracedbr but selectivecafeteriastyle concepts that fit Openness controlbr beliefs is evident with much dialog and mutual admiration by Openness and Process Theologians summarized in two recent booksbr Pinnock's &uot;SEARCHING FOR AN ADEUATE GOD DIALOG BETWEEN PROCESS AND FREE WILL THEISM&uot;; Boyd's &uot;Trinity and PROCESSCritical Evaluation of HARTSHORNE'S DIPOLAR THEISM Toward a Trinitarianbr Metaphysic&uot;br This book is an interesting read but leaves the Bible behind with each passing pagebr For the reader seeking a moderncontemporaryupdatedrevisedbr userfriendly theological model a hybrid between traditionalhistoricalBiblicalClassical Evangelical Theologybr and significant blendings of DiPolar Process Theism Openness as promoted by Pinnock's book as a 'synthesis' or compromisebr this book would be welcome

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The Openness of God A Biblical Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of GodVoted one of God ePUB #180 of Christianity Today's Books of the YearThe Openness of God presents a careful and fullorbed argument that the God known through Christ desires xresponsive relationshipx with his creatures While it rejects process theology the book asserts that such classical doctrines as God's immutability impassibility and foreknowledge demand r. Good book