10 December 2001

I said I would also comment on Frame's No Other God: A Response to Open Theism. But I haven't had the opportunity to do so yet and a full review would really to be way too long to fit reasonably on this blog.

So I offer a brief review instead:

“Open theism” is a growing movement within evangelicalism, characterized by a focus on God’s vulnerable love. It sees God’s love in untraditional ways, emphasizing the freedom of creatures, God’s responsiveness, his being bound by time, and his ignorance of future free choices. As such, open theism denies what was traditionally meant by God being all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, and unchanging.

In his response to open theism John Frame analyzes the movement and evaluates its teachings, criticizing it using Scripture and theology. His critique is clear and fair, attempting to take full account of those biblical teachings to which open theists appeal for support. But Frame is also convincing and persuasive as he challenges their claims.

After describing open theism and setting it in historical context, Frame turns to Scripture, assessing the methods and logic of the movement as well as providing lucid discussions of God’s will, human freedom, time and eternity, change and suffering in God, and God’s knowledge of the future. At every turn, Frame vindicates traditional doctrines, while also providing new insights, deepening our understanding of God’s love and his true responsiveness to his creatures.

Frame’s greatest argument against open theism is the compelling alternative he constructs in his valuable and cogent book.