The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over all. Does that mean that in his sovereignty and foreknowledge, all events are determined? What about evil and the choices of man to disobey God or not believe in him at all? Is God good but weak or bad but strong?
Belief in the sovereignty of God has led to extreme forms of determinism, while a rejection of God’s sovereignty has resulted in an openness view of history, which assumes the idea of a God with limited power and knowledge. In The Innocence of God, Udo Middelmann critiques both positions and demonstrates the continuing battle of a good and powerful God for his creation. God admonishes us to seek justice, goodness, and mercy in the continuing struggle against evil. The truth of God’s patient, yet powerful battle for redemption is absent when everything has been already determined.
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- Presents a startling catalyst for thoughtful dialogue
- Demonstrates the continuing battle of a good and powerful God for his creation
- Title: The Innocence of God: Does God Ordain Evil?
- Author: Udo Middelmann
- Publisher: Paternoster Press
- Publication Date: 2007
- Pages: 224
About Udo Middelmann
Udo Middleman was born in Germany in 1940 and has lived in Switzerland for over 30 years. He is a university lecturer by special invitation in various countries, consultant and principle speaker on ethics for a Civil Society for the Russian Ministry of Education, and is the president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation in New York and Switzerland.