No, not that Dr. Who

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You’ll never guess who wrote this:

But consider even this, whether God can be said to foreknow and predestine in respect to those who are not yet in existence, or in respect to those who indeed exist but are not yet “conformed to the image of his Son,” and it is then more suitable to speak of foreknowledge than in the case where what is not yet in existence is about to happen. For in this it is more a question of choice than of the foreknowledge of the Creator. For where will the foreknowledge appear since what is future depends on the decision of the agent?

The author agrees that we can meaningfully talk about God’s knowledge of his overall choice and determination to execute his will in and through Christ – a kind of providential determination of the shape of creation’s movements vis-à-vis its final end (from, in, through and for Christ). We can also meaningfully talk about foreknowledge, this author suggests, more specifically with respect to the shape and form which the individual lives of religious believers take in conformity to Christ. These are ways of apprehending/knowing creation that are not essentially at odds with what we’ve described as ‘open theism’ or the ‘open future’ in its generic form (i.e., minus the excess baggage many attempt to pile on-board). But this author then asks: How can we meaningfully talk of God foreknowing the specific choices of people who don’t even exist?

Any guesses about who might have written this? He’s a popular, well-published Christian philosopher-theologian nobody associates with open theism.

2 comments on “No, not that Dr. Who

  1. I am really enjoying this season is Dr Who.
    Concern for everyone, even the enemy, is great.

    Liked by 2 people

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