Their God Is Too Small: Open Theism and the Undermining of Confidence in God

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Crossway, 2003 - Religion - 142 pages
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Can you trust a “God” who can't know the future?

A new theology is trickling down from the lofty halls of academia to the pews of evangelical churches. Called open theism, this novel view of God denies that he fully knows the future and insists that he takes risks by giving humans wide-ranging freedom. This view has disastrous consequences for the everyday faith of ordinary Christians, consequences you can't afford to ignore.

Their God Is Too Small explains some of the beliefs of open theism and shows their practical implications. Using biblical truth and personal anecdotes, Bruce Ware demonstrates how open theism undermines trust in God for everyday life, particularly in the midst of suffering. This is no dry academic discourse; if you care about God's glory and your confidence in him, then this book is for you because it concerns the everyday issues of faith.

“With unassailable logic, compelling exposition, and captivating real-life implications, Ware convincingly demonstrates the theological barrenness of open theism by exposing its major biblical deficiencies.”
--John F. MacArthur, Jr., Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California

“Open theism supports its reducing of God's sovereignty by denying his full knowledge of the future. If any doubt remains as to whether this falls short of the Bible's teaching and waters down Christian faith and hope, Bruce Ware's pastoral reasoning will surely dispel it.”
--J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

“Their God Is Too Small effectively exposes the diminished God of open theism, and in so doing provides pastors with a powerful tool to foster genuine faith in the sovereign, wise, and trustworthy God of the Bible.”
--C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland

“Confusion about God inevitably leads to confusion about life. Thankfully, Bruce Ware keeps our heads and hearts on track toward an accurate knowledge of God against the backdrop of prevalent distortions.”
--Joseph M. Stowell, President, Moody Bible Institute

  

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Review: Their God Is Too Small: Open Theism and the Undermining of Confidence in God

User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

Ware did an excellent job of providing biblical examples that demonstrate the shortcomings of open theism. Ultimately the sovereignty of God, that open theists propose to reject, is so overwhelmingly ... Read full review

Review: Their God Is Too Small: Open Theism and the Undermining of Confidence in God

User Review  - Mark A Powell - Goodreads

If God is powerful, why does He allow suffering? Why must we pray if He already knows what we will ask? These complex questions have led some to declare that God is, in fact, not all-knowing or all ... Read full review

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Contents

OPEN THEISM AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
11
OPEN THEISM AND GODS FOREKNOWLEDGE
25
OPEN THEISM AND SUFFERING
59
OPEN THEISM AND PRAYER
87
OPEN THEISM AND HOPE
109
CONCLUSION
127
NOTES
131
GENERAL INDEX
135
SCRIPTURE INDEX
139
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About the author (2003)

Bruce A. Ware is associate dean of the school of theology and director of professional studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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