Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Investigating Open Theism: Where to Begin

In conversation with Steve Wellum recently he recommended that the best place for us to begin the study of Open Theism (after Scripture, of course) is with Dr. Bruce Ware's two short introductions to the subject: "Their God is Too Small" and "God's Lesser Glory." Each are brief, though not shallow, and they are written primarily for those outside of the academic communities. Those of you in churches facing these issues right now would do yourself and your church a great service by reading these two books.

After these works have been chewed on you may want to progress your study. I suggest John Frame's "No Other God: A Response to Open Theism," and then for those really interested in getting to the underlying issues at the heart of this subject I recommend the collection of essays John Piper and Justing Taylor edited, "Beyond the Bounds."

And remember to always read with Scripture close by. The God of the Bible is not the same as that of Open Theism, but sometimes the language used by authors can be misleading (intentionally or not) and this truth can be obscured. Check and double check all things by Scripture.


Post a Comment

<< Home