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Perspectives on the Doctrine of God: Four Views

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Perspectives on the Doctrine of God presents in counterpoint form four basic common beliefs on the doctrine of God that have developed over the course of church history with a goal of determining which view is most faithful to Scripture.

Contributors to this fifth book in the PERSPECTIVES series are Regent College J.I. Packer chair in Theology and Philosophy Paul Helm (Classical Calvinist perspective), editor Bruce Ware (Modified Calvinist perspective), Baylor University professor of Theology Roger Olson (Classical Arminian perspective), and Hendrix College assistant professor of Religion John Sanders (Open Theist perspective).

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  • Presents some of the most important proposals for understanding the doctrine of God from within evangelical theology
  • Provides a helpful understanding of key points along the spectrum of viewpoints that evangelical theologians are currently advocating
  • Helps readers to consider factors they may have otherwise overlooked by a careful probing of these four perspectives on God and his relations to our world
  • Classical Calvinist Doctrine of God
  • Responses to Paul Helm
  • A Modified Calvinist Doctrine of God
  • Responses to Bruce A. Ware
  • The Classical Free Will Theist Model of God
  • Responses to Roger E. Olson
  • Divine Providence and the Openness of God
  • Responses to John Sanders

Top Highlights

“This is where special and chosen loving come in. Special, because God wills this blessing of eternal salvation to some” (source)

“whether God makes any of his decisions contingent upon the actions of creatures” (source)

“and the knowledge he has of what he freely wills or decrees” (source)

“Perhaps some illustrations will help make this clear. If God foreknows (has knowledge of the actual occurrence) that King Saul will freely choose to mistrust God, then God cannot intervene to prevent Saul from this mistrust. Such intervention would be pointless since God knows that, in fact, Saul will be disobedient.” (source)

“All events are under God’s providential control, but the term predestination is reserved by Augustine for the destining of men and women to salvation.” (source)


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