Where does evil come from?
If there is a sovereign creator God, as Christian faith holds, is this God ultimately responsible for evil?
Does God's sovereignty mean that God causes sin and suffering?
How do Satan, his demons and hell fit into God's providential oversight?
How does God interact with human intention and action?
If people act freely, does God know in particular every human decision before the choice is made?
In this important book Gregory A. Boyd mounts a thorough response to these ages-old questions, which remain both crucial and contentious, both practical and complex.
In this work Boyd defends his scripturally grounded trinitarian warfare theodicy (presented in God at War) with rigorous philosophical reflection and insights from human experience and scientific discovery. Critiquing the classical Calvinist solution to the problem of evil, he advocates an alternative understanding of the sovereignty of the trinitarian God and of the reality of Satan (Open Theism) that sheds light on our fallen human condition.
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This is a book that requires a lot of reflection (it was helpful to have a dictionary close at hand). Dr. Boyd continues on from â€œGod at Warâ€ but takes a closer look at the classical positions and what it means for God to be â€œin control.â€ The book is premised on six foundations that structure his trinitarian warfare theodicy, and how God interacts with this world:
- Love must be freely chosen
- Love entails risks
- Love and freedom entail that we are morally responsible for one another
- The power to influence for the worse must be roughly proportionate to our power to influence for the better
- Love entails freedom and this freedom, within limits, must be irrevocable
- Angels and humans are finite beings who thus possess only a finite capacity to embrace or thwart Godâ€™s purposes for our lives.
He spends quite a bit of time discussing the open view of the future but whether you agree with his position or not, one has to grapple personally with the warfare worldview of Scripture and the trinitarian warfare theodicy on its own merits. It is well worth the effort. This is another book that is a resource to be returned to often. I highly recommend it.
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