Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

My Response to John Sanders

December 12th, 2016 / 5 Comments

In an article published recently in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, John Sanders raises concerns about and criticizes my theological proposals in The Uncontrolling Love of God. In this essay, I answer his criticisms and explain my views in greater depth. Introduction The problem of evil is conundrum for those who believe in God. Unsolved, it […]

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Thanksgiving and the Uncontrolling God

November 23rd, 2016 / No Comments

The Thanksgiving holiday is a terrific time to talk theology. But some theologies make more sense when offering thanks to God. Whether the setting is private or public, secular or sacred, hundreds of millions express gratitude. For what, however, are we to thank God? What credit is due the divine? And which theologies best account for […]

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Why the Social Trinity is Attractive

September 1st, 2016 / 4 Comments

Many smart Christians affirm the idea of the social Trinity. And yet Keith Ward says it’s a “bad idea.” It makes sense to evaluate the reasons some Christians like the social Trinity idea on the way to proposing an alternative. In my previous post, I noted that Ward believes Christians should not say God is […]

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Rejecting the Social Trinity

August 31st, 2016 / 5 Comments

In his new book, Christ and the Cosmos, Keith Ward argues that “the idea of God as a sort of society is a bad idea.” I think he’s right. But the social Trinity concept is so popular that rejecting it may sound heretical! Of course, making sense of the Trinity is difficult. Some of the […]

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Opening to Adventures in Prayer

August 30th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Cathy Lawton My husband and I have a bee hive in our backyard, and I have planted many nectar-producing flowers for the bees. We also grow vegetable and berry gardens. Since we welcomed bees into our gardens; the flowers, berries, and herbs have flourished noticeably more. I’m sure the salvia flower stalks […]

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What Use is God?

August 12th, 2016 / 4 Comments

Guest Post by Robert D. Cornwall What use is God if God can’t or won’t prevent evil from occurring? That’s a question people have been asking for millennia. Theologians and philosophers have done their best to offer answers defending God (the term for this is theodicy), but the question keeps arising. It would be easier if […]

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