Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

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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Randomness and the Sovereignty of God

May 24th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Cameron McCown Frequently in our lives, we encounter events that seem to be random. A tornado rips through a town which hasn’t seen one in 30 years. A child is born into poverty instead of into wealth. A woman contracts cancer and beats it, only to contract cancer again. Sometimes, however, events […]

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Is Time of Death Preordained?

May 20th, 2016 / 1 Comment

Guest Post by John W. Dally “What is God waiting for?” “What have I done to deserve this?” “He/she will die when it is her time.” “It must have been his/her time.” “It was not his/her time.” “God had his hand on him/her.” “I guess God was not ready to receive him/her yet.” These statements […]

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Rethinking “God Allows”

May 17th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Mark Karris I am a pastor and therapist who works with those who have experienced trauma. I have recently come to the conclusion that “God allows,” in regard to evil and suffering, is a terrible theological phrase. I have discovered it often erodes trust in a profoundly loving and trustworthy God. Deconstructing […]

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My Response to Elijah Hess

May 17th, 2016 / 1 Comment

I appreciate Elijah Hess’s recent review of my book, The Uncontrolling Love of God. As I see it, Elijah has understood my argument well in some places and not so well in others. Because other readers may share some of Elijah’s concerns, I’m offering this public response in hope of providing clarity. Coercion Elijah begins […]

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