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BEYOND THE BOUNDS Paperback – 1 May 2003
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About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don't Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds--hosted by the Gospel Coalition.
Paul Kjoss Helseth (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of Christian thought at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the author of numerous scholarly articles.
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is distinguished research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for twenty years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over twenty books.
Mark Talbot (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is associate professor of philosophy at Wheaton College. He specializes in philosophical psychology and philosophical theology and has written numerous articles and reviews.
Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary in California. In addition to being the author of many popular and academic books, he is also the editor in chief of Modern Reformation magazine, a host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast, and a minister in the United Reformed Churches.
Stephen J. Wellum (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Stephen lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Karen, and their five children.
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When we seek to worship a corrupted view of God we are not worshipping god at all but an idol of our own making. If you are dabbling in Open Theology - read this book - have your mind renewed.
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I was personlly famaliar with the defense that the author's used for the traditional historic view of God's foreknowldege, but what the book did for me was systematize these truths and make them accessible for future use. It was up-lifting to have confirmed to me that God's knowldege of the future is perfect and complet, and not as the O.T. contend that God can be surpised about the future.
I love how reading a theological work that attacks an erroneous position reinforces and defines my own beliefs. This is especially true of Michael Horton's chapter, "Hellenistic or Hebrew? Open Theism and Reformed Theological Method" which explains really well the difference between the understanding of free will in Calvinism and Arminianism. Such an explication sheds light on how Open Theism is nothing more than the logical resolution of Arminianism.
This book should be read by every Bible-honoring Christian who loves theology. Strongly recommended.
John Piper wrote in his Foreword, "It remains one of the most stunning things in evangelicalism today that so many leaders can treat as optional what C.S. Lewis... called 'mere Christianity'... We have prepared this book to address the issue of boundaries and, we pray, bring some remedy to the present and impending pain of embracing open theism as a legitimate Christian vision of God."
One essayist suggests that nothing takes God by surprise because "he has ordered---or 'ordained'---every event from before creation." (Pg. 79) He then proposes "compatibilism": "that someone's choice to stop and aid a sick homeless woman is free and morally significant as long as it is voluntary and thus neither physically forced not psychologically coerced." (Pg. 82)
Another essayist deplores the fact that Christianity Today magazine treats Open Theism "as an evangelical option," offering both editorials that praise its proponents and links to the official open theism website. (Pg. 111) He admits, however, that Open Theism offers "serious exegetical studies that labor to take the words of Scripture seriously." (Pg. 116)
An essayist asks pointedly, if one denies that God is able to know future contingencies, then "how does one explain how God can KNOW that these prophecies will truly come to pass?... then how would one also affirm that Scripture is an infallible and inerrant revelation on all areas that it touches, including the prophetic realm?" (Pg. 267)
This collection is a broad and detailed examination of Open Theism, and is a very significant contribution to the ongoing debate.