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Does God really know the future? Does he ever change his mind? The questions are controversial, but the quest for answers can revolutionize your life, believes Boyd. This pastor-theologian invites you to examine the classical view of God's foreknowledge and the alternative "open view," referring to Scripture passages that appear to support the open-view position. 192 pages, softcover from Baker.
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Review 1 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Heretical view of God

Date:December 20, 2012
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SalG
Location:Aurora, CO
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This is nothing but heresy, even Arminianism rejects this author's view of God. God's Lesser Glory by Bruce Ware is an excellent book that describes the problems with Open Theism. I can't believe that this is passing as evangelical theology. It is definetely theology but it is not evangelical.
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Date:February 11, 2008
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Jake Hothem
An amazing book! Boyd takes "Open view" from a pure biblical context not tainted by religion or mans doctrine. An excellent read for those who are seeking real truth and liberation from the rules of the Christian religion.
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Review 3 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:August 2, 2007
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Shawn Beaty
Unlike many of the critics who have written a review, I actually read the book. It is a very interesting view of the future and the people of God. Boyd never says that God can not determine the future and he needs us to do so, he says that God has chosen in some areas of our existence to allow us to choose and help determine his future. Before you cry heresy read it objectively and with as little conservative or liberal bias as possible.
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Date:May 27, 2007
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Rob McMichael
Boyd does an abject disservice to the church, Christendom & to God Himself with the writing of this tome. Boyd uses conjecture and isogesis to offer an ersatz dogma for the openness movement. In doing so, he 'legitimizes' God's inability to do virtually anything without the help of man--I wonder if Mr. Boyd has ever read the book of Romans! This does nothing more than attenuate the gospel message of Christ & His atoning work on the cross.
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Review 5 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:August 13, 2003
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Seth Miller
This is a wonderfully refreshing book that finally presents a docrinally sound alternative to the classical views of God and time in practical and understandable language. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is stuggling with the problem of evil or simply wants to explore theology with an open mind! Amateurish?
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Review 6 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:December 12, 2001
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Robert
Boyd and these other Openness Theologians fancy themseves as heralds of a new Reformation. It is a bit ironic that the Reformers of Old reached back to Church Fathers and the Scriptures in order to show that their positions were not new. Boyd cannot do this. The view that God does not know parts of the future has never been accepted by biblically faithful Christians. It is unfortunate that an "evangelical" publisher would publish such a work with amateurish logic, spurious biblical reading and a look at prayer and the problem of evil that can satisfy no one who has ever truly wrestled with such issues.
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Review 7 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:June 23, 2001
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David McCabe
This book was an excellent and refreshing examination of the Scriptures as it pertains to the nature of the future. Dr. Boyd makes a clear distinction that the issue is not the knowledge of God as such, but rather the nature of the future.I appreciate his honesty and tenacious seeking of the true God of the Scriptures. Dr. Boyd's insight into the Word of God is encouraging and uplifting to bring his readers into a better understanding of the God of the possible. Thanx for this great work!I look forward to "The Myth of the Blueprint" , forthcoming.
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Review 8 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:December 3, 2000
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Taghn
I highly recommend Gregory A. Boyds God of the Possible as a wonderful introduction to understanding the Open View of God. Whether or not one agrees with the open view, this book will prove to engage and reward its readers. Furthermore, it is my belief that this book provides the Biblical framework for an all powerful and sovereign God. However, I am sure many would disagree with me on these points. Nonetheless, with careful reflection and prayer I believe that you will come out of this book with a greater understanding of Gods sovereignty, that is a sovereignty of love!
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Review 9 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:September 19, 2000
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Nick Nowalk
Boyd's oft-controversial "openness" ideas make for terrible and unbiblical theology. Do not take my word for it, or Boyd's. There is a very signifcant reason all of the great men of faith believed passionately in God's sovereign control of His creation. If this is not so, if what Boyd claims is true, then the Cross did not accomplish anything for us. In the end, Boyd exalts human choice and freedom over the mind and foreknowledge of an infinite God...or in Boyd's theology, should I say "god"? For a much better treatment of the Bible in this area, pick something up by J.I. Packer, or John Piper, men who do not bring postmodern assumptions to the everlasting and unchanging Word of God.
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Review 10 for God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of God
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Date:May 10, 2000
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Lennart Johansson
In his book Soul Tsunami Leonard Sweet says that the defining question for the church today is what to do with the future. The future, according to Sweet has become a no-go zone. He quotes Jrgen Moltmann who says Many abandon Christianity because they can find in it no power of the future. The future and Gods plans for the future is the reason why Greg A. Boyds book God of the Possible is such an important book for the church in a post modern society. There is absolutely nothing that links us to the past with such force, or hinders our view of the future with such intensity, as the depressing determinism of Calvinism and the pseudo-freedom fatalism of Armenianism. Nothing is as important as our view of the future and this is why the revelation of the Open view of God that Boyd with such clarity and conviction communicates needs to be reasoned through and laid hold off. This book is a wonderful starting point! Understanding the concepts presented in this book will for many be the difference between the prevailing religious pessimistic defeatism of our day and the victorious hope of those dreaming Gods dreams for the future. My friend, whoever you are, this book is a must read! If the Church is ever to truly conquer the future in any significant way we need to have a theology that allows us to do so. The significance of these timeless truths about Gods character and being should not be underestimated. The "Openness of God" view of provides the theological and philosophical framework that is needed for Gods people to look forward with faith.
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