Charts on Open Theism and Orthodoxy

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Kregel Publications, 2003 - Religion - 139 pages

Aiming to be thorough yet concise, Charts on Open Theism and Orthodoxy provides a handy reference guide to the major issues and sources in the debate over Open Theism. Dr. House has selected significant quotes from major sources or authors and arranged them by categories and topics in an easy-to-follow, parallel-column format. Bibliographic references for all citations are also included. Readers can quickly summarize the major points of comparison and contrast between historical Orthodoxy and Open Theism.

- Terms and Definitions: the views of Orthodoxy and Open Theism on attributes of God are compared and contrasted

- Hermeneutics-Theological Language: explores concepts, predication, and anthropomorphic language as used in Orthodoxy and Open Theism

- The Doctrine of Scripture in Openness Theology: the question "Does God err?" is explored along with the question of predictive prophecy and inspiration

- Historical Understanding of Ultimate Reality--God: Compares and contrasts the views of Greek Philosophers, Church Fathers, Medieval Theologians, and Reformation/Post-Reformation leaders with Open Theism

- Historical Views on the Attributes of God: compares and contrasts the views of the Church Fathers, Medieval Theologians, and Reformation/Post-Reformation Theologians with Open Theism

- Open Theism Compared with Other Systems: compares various systematic approaches to theology with Open Theism

H. Wayne House (Th.D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; J.D., Regent University School of Law) is Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Apologetics at Faith Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.

Max Herrera (M.A.A., Southern Evangelical Seminary) is doing doctoral work at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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I found the format of this book to be a excellent way to deliver the information presenting the propositions of truth claims by either side, about the issues at hand. It is a brief way to heavily delve into the topic and understand the main differences between the two. I do not agree with the some of the reasoning used in the conclusion, but I believe the outcome of the comparison is clearly proven and decisive.
I think that every student of theology should examine this book, to see what happens when Christianity turns shamefully into an invertedness which spirals out of control because of a focus upon Man and the God whom Man creates as being servile and patient waiting eagerly to see what Man will do next so that God knows the options available for God to act within.
Amazing.
Unfortunately the time span from its development shows that folks caught up into this are about the age to be considered authority figures for some who lack discipline of the mind and heart.
To God's glory alone, is our banner cry as servants of the Most High God. This is our joy and eternal song.
- - gralan
 

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