What Is Open Theism? (Open Theism Basics)


Everyone agrees: God is holy. Everyone also agrees that the world is overflowing with a wide and horrifying variety of “unholiness.” So much evil! So much suffering! From where did these unholy things emerge? From deep within the unstoppable force of God’s intention? Or from within contingent creation itself? Is the unholiness we see in the world from God? Or from outside of God? Open theism is the only theology that can coherently comprehend reality where unholiness emerges from outside of God. What motivates open theists is not a desire for novelty, and certainly not a “baleful heart” (as John Piper suggests here, page 9), but a deep passion to defend God’s holiness. So, for open theists like me, God’s holiness is more central to God than his sovereignty. It means something, to me, that when John was shown a glimpse into heaven and the angels were singing about God, they were not singing ‘Sovereign, Sovereign, Sovereign.’

They were singing ‘Holy, Holy, Holy.’

Open theism holds that, because agents are free, the future includes possibilities (what agents may and may not choose to do). Since God’s knowledge is perfect, open theists hold that God knows the future partly as a realm of possibilities. This view contrasts with classical theism that has usually held that God knows the future exclusively as a domain of settled facts. There are no “maybes” for God.

This lecture shows how open theism differs from Calvinism and Arminianism, and exposes the inner workings of each of these theologies. It considers troublesome texts, and discusses the empowering, liberating ramifications of open theism.

For a revolutionary theology of God, that makes the most sense of his holiness, makes the most sense of evil, and provides the greatest comfort for the oppressed and the suffering, sign up today for this faith-changing presentation.

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