Realms of Faith: Theological Books & Open Theism

Books about God and Theology

  1. The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?, by Harry Blamires (Vine Books, 1997).Anglican writer Blamires wrote this in 1963 to urge the recovery of distinctly Christian ways of thinking. Even Christians who think often don’t think in a Christian way, even about their own spirituality. This is a brilliant discussion of what it means to love the Lord with all one’s mind.
  2.  Ten Lies about God, by Erwin W. Lutzer (Word, 2000).
  1. This time Lutzer confronts popular misconceptions that have crept in about God and His relationship to us.
  • Christianity & Liberalism, by J. Gresham Mächen (Eerdmans, 1923).
    1. Answers the question of whether liberalism and Christianity are compatible, and presents liberalism as a religion all its own.Written by the man who led the opposition to liberalism in Presbyterian churches.

    Open theism, also called free will theism and openness theology.  They believe that God does not exercise meticulous control of the universe but leaves it “open” for humans to make significant choices (free will) that impact their relationships with God and others.  So far so good, they then state that means that God is Open to whether you are saved or not.  That is utter rubbish; he cares and cares profoundly.  He does not want you traipsing around with the Devil anymore than Cousin Hatty wants you outdoors in the winter without a scarf.

    1. God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism, by Bruce Ware (Crossway, 2000).
    2.  God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith, by Bruce Ware (Crossway, 2004).
    1. Open theism states that God limits His power to ensure human freedom, and that He cannot know the future, so He takes risks and sometimes even fails.  If you believe that, I have bridge to Manhattan I want to sell, too.

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