Bound Only Once

Bound Only Once

The Failure of Open Theism

"Open theists like to picture the God of classical Christian theism as a distant, despotic, micromanaging sovereign. The god of Open theism, on the other hand, is ready to enter into new experiences and to become deeply involved in helping us cope as we, with him, face things we simply did not know would happen. They insist that God has knowledge, but not all knowledge, certainly not knowledge of the future acts of free beings. Such Open theistic inferences reveal a deep-seated devotion to Enlightenment categories and narrow unpoetic imaginations.

"Ideas have destinations, and one of the consequences of our trying to read the scriptures without any poetry in our souls will be the eventual destruction of any possibility of ministering to souls. Just imagine the hymn writer trying to lift up the downcast—'I know not what the future holds, but I know Who also doesn't know much about it either.'

"Bound Only Once is a useful, original, and helpful entry into this growing debate. It includes philosophical, biblical, and theological critique. I hope it will have a wide readership. I commend it to those who are taking their first look at Open theism as well as those who are already deeply immersed in this profoundly important debate. Sadly, I have to agree with Douglas Wilson's concluding observation that 'if this "new model" theology is not heresy, then there is no such thing as heresy.' "
John Armstrong, from the foreword

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