Attributes of God

God Clearly Can, So Why Doesn’t He? (podcast)

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Leah expects more from God. Should she? Greg confronts God’s inactivity and underperformance.  Episode 510 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0510.mp3

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Podcast: Can Divine Simplicity Apply to a God Who IS Love and IS Relational?

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Greg distinguishes practices from beliefs, and warns Christians about the evils of Christmas trees and shaking hands. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0353.mp3

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Podcast: Does a Jesus-Centric Theology Reduce God?

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Greg challenges the traditional starting point of many theologies and defends starting our theology about God’s nature and character with what has been revealed about Jesus. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0325.mp3

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Podcast: Should We Take Verses Where God is Forgetful, Fatigued, and Doesn’t Know the Past Literally?

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Greg considers a challenge to open theisms about taking verses about God changing his mind literally.    http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0314.mp3

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Podcast: Is God Outside of Time?

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Greg discusses the nature of time, the importance of sequence, and the centrality of poetry.   http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0286.mp3

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Podcast: Is God Fickle?

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Is there anything at stake in our life? Greg balances God’s mercy and grace with the authenticity of free will. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0255.mp3

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Podcast: What is the Greatest Philosophical Blunder in History?

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Greg goes WAY back to trace an erroneous thought. His investigation brings all the way back to the pre-Socratics and the Ground-of-Being.  http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0249.mp3

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God is Love: Full Stop

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Not many Christians would disagree that God is love, but many would quickly qualify that with some other kind of attribute such as justice. But love is not just one of the attributes of God alongside…

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Classical Theism’s Unnecessary Paradoxes

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The traditional view of God that is embraced by most—what is called “classical theology”—works from the assumption that God’s essential divine nature is atemporal, immutable, and impassible. The Church Fathers fought to articulate and defend…

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How God is Glorified

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Peter wrote, “[God] has given us … his precious and very great promises, so that through them … [we] may become participants of the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4). With the coming of Christ, God…

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An Omni-Resourceful God

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It is quite common for us to talk about the attributes of God as omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing) and omni-present (present everywhere), but what about God’s unlimited resourcefulness? Consider the story of Moses’ commission in…

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God is Not a Monster

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Pastor Brian Zhand has a way with words that captures the imagination. And he is a pastor that has taken time to read the church fathers. In a recent post, he quotes Saint Antony who wrote, “I no longer…

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Thankful for the Passion of God

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The classical view of God has held that God is impassible, meaning he is above pathos (passion or emotions). The main reason the church came to this view was that, following the Hellenistic philosophical tradition, they associated…

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What Does a Perfect God Look Like?

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The “classical view of God” refers to the view of God that has dominated Christian theology since the earliest Church fathers. According to this theology, God is completely “immutable.” This means that God’s being and…

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Is Your Christianity Shaped by Plato or the Bible?

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The Timaeus is a work that Plato wrote that addresses the questions: “What is that which always is and has no becoming, and what is that which becomes but never is?” (Tim. 28a)? These questions…

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God is Not What You Expect

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Jesus came, in part, to finally reveal the absolute truth about God. He is the way and the truth (alethia) and the life (Jn 14:6). The word “truth” means “uncovered.” And what we find once…

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Is God Immutable? Part II

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Yesterday, we looked at the common understanding of divine immutability and the problems inherent to it. Click here to read that post. Today, let’s look at what the immutability of God actually means. Instead of…

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Is God Immutable? Part I

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For a number of reasons, Plato believed that something changes only to become better or to become worse (Rep. II). Since a perfect being can’t be improved or diminished, he argued, God must be completely…

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Love and the Other Attributes of God

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If we keep our focus on Christ, we see that God’s power and God’s love are not two separate attributes, as many people assume. As I often state, love is not merely something God does;…

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