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The Preeminence of Love in God

My version of open and relational theology says love is the preeminent attribute in God’s nature. As I read John Sanders’s work, he seems to think sovereignty precedes love in God’s nature.

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Jul

23

The Preeminence of Love in God

My version of open and relational theology says love is the preeminent attribute in God’s nature. As I read John Sanders’s work, he seems to think sovereignty precedes love in God’s nature.

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Jul

21

Problems with Sanders’s View of Providence

My friend, John Sanders, has written a powerful proposal for understanding God’s providence. As an open and relational theologian myself, I agree with much of it. But there’s a key problem with his view...

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Jun

27

Explaining Love to an Alien

Suppose an alien from Planet X leaned over the counter at Starbucks and asked, “What is this ‘love’ I hear spoken of on your planet?” 

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Jun

23

John Sanders and Divine Providence

All who journey to open and relational theology ponder providence. Theologian John Sanders offers one of the most thorough and best-known theologies of providence written from an open and relational perspective. His book, The God Who Risks, has as its subtitle, A Theology of Divine Providence.

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Jun

13

The Theology of Amos Yong

Amos Yong may be the most influential Pentecostal theologian alive today. If he’s not foremost, he’s at least one of the top five. 

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May

29

The Problem of Good

The book I am currently writing explores God’s providence in relation to randomness and purpose, evil and good. In it, I offer solutions both to the problem of evil and the problem of randomness. But I also address a third, little discussed “problem:” the problem of good.

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May

15

Atheists Only Slightly Worse at Retaining Children than Holiness Folk

A poll a few years ago from the Pew research group has generated surprising results. Some of the results encourage me. Others are profoundly discouraging! 

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May

13

Paths to Open and Relational Theologies

As part of the book I’m currently writing, I’m suggesting four paths people take on their way to embracing open and relational theology. I’m looking for help in developing my discussion of one of those paths: Christian traditions.

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Apr

16

Random Events in a God-Created World

We live in a world characterized by a degree of randomness. Scientists speculate that randomness occurs at the quantum, genetic, and environmental levels of existence. But I’ve been wondering lately, What does this mean for theology?

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Apr

3

God and the Laws of Nature

Theologians and philosophers are especially interested in the fundamental nature of law-like regularity in our world. I’ve been thinking lately about how we might best think of God’s relationship to these so-called “laws of nature.”

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Mar

27

New Manual Statement on Creation

One result from the recent Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project was the widely shared view that the Church of the Nazarene needs a new and more robust statement on creation. Pastors, scientists, laity, theologians, and biblical scholars came together to formulate such a statement.

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Mar

23

A Time for Sabbatical

I’m on sabbatical this semester, and I’ve been particularly aware of how I’m spending my time. In fact, I’ve been reflecting a great deal on what sabbaticals are supposed to do.

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Mar

5

Free Will in Philosophical Theology

The majority of great philosophers and theologians have believed in free will. Contemporary discussions of what free will is and how it might function, however, have not always been clear. In his new book, Free Will in Philosophical Theology, Kevin Timpe takes free will as his central concern to explore theological issues.

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Feb

4

Renovating Holiness

I’m sensing a renewed interest today in holiness. This renewal comes from many who are relatively young – Millennials and Generation Xers – and those living outside North America. But how these people talk about holiness differs from your grandma’s holiness!

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Jan

28

What I Learned at Exploring Origins

The Exploring Origins conference at Point Loma Nazarene University was a great success! I’m grateful to the many who attended and to those who led in various ways. This aspect of the Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project, however, taught me some things.

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Jan

9

Books I’m Reading Now

My reading shelf has been filling up. But I’m happy to report I’ve been finding more time than usual to get some reading done!

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Jan

6

Making Sense of Love & Evil, Chance & Purpose

I'm beginning a new book project! Thanks to a generous grant from the randomness and divine providence project, I'm offering a proposal for how we might best believe God acts providentially in our world.

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Jan

1

Godfather of Science and Religion Dies

My friend, Ian Barbour, died recently. He was 90 years old. Widely considered a groundbreaking giant in the science-and-religion dialogue, Ian was especially kind to me. I consider him the godfather of contemporary science and religion scholarship.

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Dec

13

Nazarenes Exploring Evolution Book Available

The provocative book, Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, is now published! For the first time, a large number of leaders in the Church of the Nazarene weigh in on whether it makes sense to believe God creates through evolution.

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Dec

3

Exploring Origins Conference

I’ve been planning a conference on origins with Mark Mann at Point Loma Nazarene University. The major issue for discussion is evolution. I'm happy to report the conference plans are coming together nicely!

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Thomas Jay Oord is a professor, author, and theologian from the Northwest. Read more