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Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity

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Open theism—denying God’s knowledge of the future—is an attempt to change the way Christians think about God and is a growing challenge to orthodox belief. In this book, twelve pastors and teachers explain why the God of open theism is not the God of biblical Christianity. They probe the biblical, historical, and philosophical context, language, and interpretation of the debate, giving readers an understanding of what is at stake when exhaustive divine foreknowledge is denied.

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“Lewis said, ‘Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow.’” (Page 11)

“Thirdly, if, contrary to libertarianism, God’s will is the ultimate explanation for our choosing as we do, ‘then why is God not rightfully held responsible for sin’?” (Page 82)

“5. Finally, we must commune with God in the doctrines for which we contend. John Owen” (Page 18)

“We must love and pray for the good of those whom we critique. John Newton” (Page 18)

“But if this is what it means to possess significant freedom, then God’s granting us such freedom means that it is possible for us ‘to do things that God does not specifically intend to happen,’12 things that may put God’s plans and purposes at risk. This is because libertarian freedom is incompatible with there being any explanation of someone’s choosing as he did other than his choosing. In particular, libertarian freedom is incompatible with the claim that God’s will is the ultimate explanation for someone’s choosing as he did.” (Page 80)

  • Title: Beyond the Bounds
  • Authors: John Piper, Justin Taylor, Paul Kjoss Helseth
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2003
  • Logos Release Date: 2006
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: God › Omniscience; Free will and determinism › Religious aspects--Christianity
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T07:12:09Z


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