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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-23-10 05:59 PM
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Anyone here interested in "open theism?"
(Cross posted from the religion/theology forum. A DUer messaged me that this post might get a more sympathetic response here.)

It basically gives a solid theological basis for contending/believing that prayer is effective. God works WITH humans; He has not predetermined from the beginning everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen.

This theological concept/belief is driving fundamentalist Christians crazy. (For some here at DU, that fact alone might be a reason to look into open theism.)

From : (At the web site many of the articles are linked and can be read online.)

information on open theism
Tom Belt

Summary of Open Theism to the AOG - A paper by Tom Belt that he wrote to introduce his denomination, the Assemblies of God, to open theism.
Gregory Boyd

God and the Future - A brief Outline of the Open View of God.

The Open View of the Future
William Hasker

The Openness of God - An article taken by permission from Christian Scholar's Review 28:1 (Fall, 1998: 111-139)


An opposing response to "The Openness of God":
"The 'Openness' of God: A Reply to William Hasker" - Christian Scholar's Review by Alfred J. Freddoso, University of Notre Dame.

Hasker's response to Freddoso:
Tradition, Divine Transcendence, and the Waiting Father - Christian Scholar's Review 28:1 (Fall, 1998: 134-139)

The Problem of Evil in Process Theism and Classical Free Will Theism - Process Studies. Vol. 29, Number 2, Fall-Winter, 2000: pp. 194-208.

Implications of Divine Repentance For the Attributes of God

The Incompatibility of Libertarian Free Will and Divine Timelessness
Clark Pinnock

God's Sovereignty in Today's World - From Theology Today; Princeton; Apr 1996

God as Most Moved Mover - From Worship Leader Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2000
George M. Porter

Things That May Be Only? - Lorenzo Dow McCabe and Some Neglected Nineteenth Century Roots of Open Theism in North America
Ron Saari

Preserving Civility and Piety within the BGC. - A letter concerning the Baptist General Conference's ongoing debate and internal strife regarding the inclusion of exhaustive foreknowledge into their statement of faith. The letter is written to BGC pastors from a BGC pastor.
John Sanders

Bibliography on Open Theism

Bibliography on Relational Theism

The Early Church Fathers on Hellenism and Impassibility

Is Openness Christian theism?

Mapping the Terrain of Divine Providence - A major paper explaining the main views on divine providence and omniscience

1994-2004, an Overview of the Debate on Open Theism in Evangelicalism

Divine Relationality and Theodicy in The Shack - Presented at the American Academy of Religion in Montreal Canada, November 7, 2009
From Christianity Today

Does God Know Your Next Move? - Does God change his mind? Will God ever change his plans in response to our prayers? If God knows it all, are we truly free? What does God know-and when does he know it? Christopher A. Hall and John Sanders debate openness theology. Copyright 2001 by the author or Christianity Today, Inc./Christianity Today magazine. May 21, 2001, Vol. 45, No. 7, Page 38

A Letter to the Editor of Christianity Today - The March 5th 2001, Issue of Christianity Today published an interview with Royce Gruenler making some odd accusations against Open Theism. Here is a response (a form of which is to be published by CT) by John Sanders, Clark Pinnock, Greg Boyd, William Hasker, Richard Rice and David Basinger.

Best wishes to those who might want to check this out from

Bobbie in Oklahoma
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-24-10 11:18 PM
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1. I've read a bit about this, in the Christian Century. I know it's quite
controversial in Evangelical circles. I've done a little reading, but not much. It sounds as if it's influenced by Process Theology, or at least seems to be coming to some similar conclusions. I'll read some of the resources you list. I have friends who know Greg Boyd, and I've been impressed with him. Not really familiar with the others listed.

Thanks for bringing this up! I know it's being widely discussed among Evangelicals.

Welcome to the Progressive Christian group!

I find it interesting that a discussion of theology can't find a sympathetic hearing in the Religion/THEOLOGY forum. :banghead:

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blueworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-15-10 06:01 PM
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2. I realize I'm late to the party, but I was glad to find this today
Yes, I am interested, & agree with your other poster. I'm glad y'all started this specific forum.
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