About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

G. Open Theism

My intention here is to provide an extensive bibliography of resources for the doctrine of providence. This is an ongoing project, so do contact me if you know of any works that should be included, or if you wish for me to make an amendment or correct an error.

Last Updated: 1 January 2014

Open Theism

Vaughn W. Baker, Evangelism and the Openness of God: The Implications of Relational Theism for Evangelism and Mission (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2012)

Gregory A. Boyd, God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2000)

Gerald Bray, The Personal God: Is the Classical Understanding of God Tenable? (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1998)

Kelly James Clark, ‘A Tale of Two Deities’, American Theological Inquiry 1:2 (2008), pp. 8–25

Mark R. Cuthbertson, ‘Time, the “Open Acquittal,” and Divine Omniscience: Two Internal Problems with Open Theism’, Westminster Theological Journal 67 (2005), pp. 75–83

John M. Frame, No Other God: A Response to Open Theism (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001)

——. The Doctrine of God: A Theology of Lordship (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2002)

John Mark Hicks, ‘Classic Arminianism and Open Theism: A Substantial Difference in their Theologies of Providence’, Trinity Journal, ns 33:1 (2012), pp. 3–18

Douglas S. Huffman, ‘Some Logical Difficulties in Open Theism’, Criswell Theological Review, ns 1 (Spring 2004), pp. 173–189

Samuel Lamerson, ‘The Openness of God and the Historical Jesus’, American Theological Inquiry 1:1 (2008), pp. 27–39

John MacArthur, ‘Open Theism’s Attack on the Atonement’, The Master’s Seminary Journal 12 (Spring 2001), pp. 3–13

Bruce L. McCormack, ‘The Actuality of God: Karl Barth in Conversation with Open Theism’, in Bruce L. McCormack (ed.), Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008), pp. 185–242

K. Scott Oliphint, ‘Most Moved Mediator’, Themelios 30:1 (2004), pp. 39–51

Clark H. Pinnock, Most Moved Mover: A theology of God’s Openness. Didsbury Lectures. (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2001)

——. ‘Open Theism: An Answer to My Critics.’ Dialog: A Journal of Theology 44:3 (2005), pp. 237–245

John Piper, Justin Taylor and Paul Kjoss Helseth (eds.), Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003)

Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John Sanders, Williams Hasker and David Basinger, The Openness of God: A Biblical Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of God (Downers Grove, IL, 1994)

James D. Rissler, ‘Open Theism: Does God Risk or Hope?’, Religious Studies 42 (2006), pp. 63–74

John Sanders, The God Who Risks: A Theology of Providence (Downers Grove: IVP, 1998)

Bruce A. Ware, God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000)

R. K. McGregor Wright, No Place for Sovereignty: What’s Wrong with Freewill Theism (Downers Grove, IL: 1996)

Stephen Yuille, ‘How Pastoral is Open Theism? A Critique from the Writings of George Swinnock and Stephen Charnock’, Themelios 32:2 (2007), pp. 46–61