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Open Theism: Online Responses and Debates

The evangelical debate on Open Theism continues.  This page will point to helpful resources that define and defend Classical Theism against the errors of Open Theism.


Select Bibliography on Open Theism by Justin Taylor






Publications Responding to Open Theism

Bound Only Once

The problems with Open theism lie deeper than most critiques suggest. This book interacts not only with the truth claims of Open theism but also its distorted aesthetic and ethical assumptions that do so much work in their program.

Open theists like to picture the God of classical Christian theism as a distant, despotic, micromanaging sovereign. The god of Open theism, on the other hand, is ready to enter into new experiences and to become deeply involved in helping us cope as we, with him, face things we simply did not know would happen. They insist that God has knowledge, but not all knowledge, certainly not knowledge of the future acts of free beings. Such Open theistic inferences reveal a deep-seated devotion to Enlightenment categories and narrow unpoetic imaginations.

Ideas have destinations, and one of the consequences of our trying to read the Scriptures without any poetry in our souls will be the eventual destruction of any possibility of ministering to souls. Just imagine the hymn writer trying to lift up the downcastó"I know not what the future holds, but I know Who also doesn't know much about it either."

John MacArthur, Jr.
R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Peter Leithart
John Frame
Phillip Johnson
Thomas Ascol
Steve Schlissel
Ben Merkle
Douglas Jones
Joost Nixon


God's Lesser Glory

The Diminished God of Open Theism

In recent years the movement known as open theism has claimed to be a more biblical and more practical alternative to the traditional view. In this book, Bruce Ware carefully and systematically refutes both those claims, showing that the traditional view better handles the biblical evidence and the issues of Christian living, while better preserving the glory of God. Ware's examination of the biblical material is especially strong.

Why You Should Be Concerned
What Does Open Theism Propose?
The Perceived Inadequacy of the Classical Arminian View of God
The Perceived Benefits of Open Theism
What's Wrong with Open Theism's View of God?
Assessing Open Theism's Denial of Exhaustive Divine Foreknowledge
Scriptural Affirmation of Exhaustive Divine Foreknowledge
The God Who Risks and the Assault on God's Wisdom
What Difference Does It Make in Daily Life?
Harm to the Christian's Life of Prayer
Weakening of Our Confidence in God's Guidance
Despair Amid Suffering and Pain
God's Greater Glory and Our Everlasting Good



No Other God

A Response to Open Theism

The theological movement known as open theism is shaking the church today, challenging the doctrines of God's sovereignty, foreknowledge, and providence. This timely work clearly describes open theism and evaluates it biblically. Frame addresses such questions as

How do open theists read the Bible?
Is love God's most important attribute?
Is God's will the ultimate explanation of everything?
Do we have genuine freedom?
Is God ever weak or changeable?
Does God know everything in advance?

Frame not only answers the objections of open theists but sharpens our understanding of the relationship between God's eternal plan and the decision or events of our lives.




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