Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

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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Flexible Callings

August 11th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jonathan Orbell Allow me to begin with a confession. I often find myself envious of peers whose callings seem clearer than mine. They are budding doctors, lawyers, academics, architects, designers, ministers — the list goes on and on. I admire them; for the surety with which they pursue their vocations conveys a confidence […]

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Why Relational Theism Really Matters

June 18th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Tyron Inbody “Nothing happens that is not the will of God.” This is not only the reassurance offered by many Christian pastors, counselors, and friends in times of horrible suffering. It is the logical conclusion of Christian classical theism. A friend dies at age 45 of uterine cancer, a teen aged daughter […]

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God and Morality

June 2nd, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by John Daniel Holloway, III There is a theist maxim of uncertain origin that states, “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” In other words, morality cannot exist without God. As those like C. S. Lewis claim, our sense of morality is evidence of the existence of a moral God. Without God […]

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Creation Eagerly Awaits

May 31st, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Chris Baker  “What happens in the end?” It is one of the “big questions” people have been wondering about from time immemorial. Many answers have been offered through the years. Some say in the end there is nothing. We live, we die and then we cease to exist. Others say in the […]

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