Open Theism: Online Responses and Debates
|The evangelical debate on Open Theism
continues. This page will point to helpful resources that define
and defend Classical Theism against the errors of Open Theism.
Bibliography on Open Theism by Justin Taylor
Publications Responding to Open Theism
problems with Open theism lie deeper than most critiques
suggest. This book interacts not only with the truth claims of
Open theism but also its distorted aesthetic and ethical
assumptions that do so much work in their program.
Open theists like to picture the God of classical Christian
theism as a distant, despotic, micromanaging sovereign. The
god of Open theism, on the other hand, is ready to enter into
new experiences and to become deeply involved in helping us
cope as we, with him, face things we simply did not know would
happen. They insist that God has knowledge, but not all
knowledge, certainly not knowledge of the future acts of free
beings. Such Open theistic inferences reveal a deep-seated
devotion to Enlightenment categories and narrow unpoetic
Ideas have destinations, and one of the consequences of our
trying to read the Scriptures without any poetry in our souls
will be the eventual destruction of any possibility of
ministering to souls. Just imagine the hymn writer trying to
lift up the downcastó"I know not what the future holds,
but I know Who also doesn't know much about it either."
John MacArthur, Jr.
R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Diminished God of Open Theism
In recent years the movement known as open theism has
claimed to be a more biblical and more practical alternative
to the traditional view. In this book, Bruce Ware carefully
and systematically refutes both those claims, showing that the
traditional view better handles the biblical evidence and the
issues of Christian living, while better preserving the glory
of God. Ware's examination of the biblical material is
Why You Should Be Concerned
What Does Open Theism Propose?
The Perceived Inadequacy of the Classical Arminian View of God
The Perceived Benefits of Open Theism
What's Wrong with Open Theism's View of God?
Assessing Open Theism's Denial of Exhaustive Divine
Scriptural Affirmation of Exhaustive Divine Foreknowledge
The God Who Risks and the Assault on God's Wisdom
What Difference Does It Make in Daily Life?
Harm to the Christian's Life of Prayer
Weakening of Our Confidence in God's Guidance
Despair Amid Suffering and Pain
God's Greater Glory and Our Everlasting Good
Response to Open Theism
The theological movement known as open theism is
shaking the church today, challenging the doctrines of God's
sovereignty, foreknowledge, and providence. This timely work
clearly describes open theism and evaluates it biblically.
Frame addresses such questions as
How do open theists read the Bible?
Is love God's most important attribute?
Is God's will the ultimate explanation of everything?
Do we have genuine freedom?
Is God ever weak or changeable?
Does God know everything in advance?
Frame not only answers the objections of open theists but
sharpens our understanding of the relationship between God's
eternal plan and the decision or events of our lives.
Pleasures of God