The Openness of God, Past and Present

Speaker: Categories: Nov 10, 2012


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[ 1hr, 19min, 58sec ]


 Since InterVarsity Press published The Openness of God 18 years ago, the position presented there has been the object of extensive analysis, vigorous criticism and a variety of characterizations. The harsher voices assert that open theism undermines biblical Christianity and call on Christian leaders to declare it “beyond the bounds of orthodox Christian teaching.” Others are less

 strident. While a few regard open theism as a modified version of process theology, others describe it as “revised classical theism,” since it retains “a supernatural view of God’s existence, power, revelation, and acts in history.” Along with considerable criticism, open theism has also generated a measure of appreciation. Even among its detractors there are those who allow that open theism has made important contributions to theological discussion. Dr. Rice will trace this interesting history and explore what future there may be for the view that God, indeed, has a future.


 After receiving the PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School, Richard Rice joined the religion faculty at Loma Linda University in 1974. He taught at La Sierra for 24 years and at Loma Linda since 1998. His bibliography includes 14 books and over 100 articles. His current projects include a book of the theology of suffering for InterVarsity Press. His wife Gail also teaches at Loma Linda University. They have two children and three delightful grandchildren. Their daughter Alison is a professor of French literature at the University of Notre Dame. Their son Jonathan is a physician assistant in Thousand Oaks, CA.

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