Attributes and Character

God Became What He is Not To Reveal What He Is

Category:
Tags: , ,
Topics:

We are saved because Jesus became the curse of the law for us (Gal. 3:13). So too, the way Christ freed us from the condemnation of sin and enabled us to “become the righteousness of…

Read Post

How to Interpret the Law of the Old Testament

Category:
Tags: , , , ,
Topics: ,

While there are multitudes of passages in the OT that reflect an awareness that people are too sinful to be rightly related to God on the basis of the law, there is a strand that…

Read Post

Crucifying Transcendence

Category:
Tags: , , , , , , ,
Topics:

The classical view of God’s transcendence in theology is in large borrowed from a major strand within Hellenistic philosophy. In sharp contrast to ancient Israelites, whose conception of God was entirely based on their experience…

Read Post

Creating God in Our Own Image

Category:
Tags: , , , , , ,
Topics:

How have we created God in our own image? In this short video produced by The Work of the People, Greg reflects on various ways that humans typically think about God in terms of power, and how…

Read Post

How Much Does the Cross Really Matter?

Category:
Tags: , , , , , ,
Topics:

The cross is as foolishness and weakness to nonbelievers, but Paul wrote that to those who are being saved it is both “the power” and “wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:18, 24). In sharp contrast…

Read Post

God is Different Than You Think

Category:
Tags: , , , ,
Topics:

The revelation of “[a] God humiliated even unto the cross,” as Pascal put it, flies in the face of what most Jews of Jesus’ time, and of what most people throughout history, have expected God…

Read Post

Does The Open View Limit God?

Category:
Tags: , , , ,
Topics: ,

Suppose you and I both agree that God is omniscient and thus knows all of reality, but we disagree over, say, the number of trees on a certain plot of land. I say there are…

Read Post

Is God Immutable? Part II

Category:
Tags: , ,
Topics:

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…

Read Post

Is God Immutable? Part I

Category:
Tags: , , , ,
Topics:

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…

Read Post

Is God Personal?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics:

Hamed Saber via Compfight How can we trust that God is personally involved in our lives? Are our seemingly “small” lives significant enough for God to get involved when you consider the vastness of all…

Read Post

Why Doesn’t God Make Himself Obvious?

Category:
Tags: , , , ,
Topics: ,

Why is faith so difficult? Why isn’t God more obvious? Why doesn’t God come out and provide irrefutable proof that he is God so that there is no more doubt? Greg’s father raised such questions…

Read Post

Why Isn’t God More Clear?

Category:
Tags: , , , , , ,
Topics: ,

Ever wonder why God isn’t more clear and obvious? Here’s Greg’s take on that question.

Read Post

If God anticipates each possibility perfectly, how does he differ from the “frozen God” of classical theism?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics: ,

Question: If God anticipates each and every possibility as if each were only possibility, how does God ever experience novelty and adventure? It seems that a God who perfectly anticipated (from all eternity)  every single…

Read Post

In light of Einstein’s conclusion that time is relative, how can you believe that God is not above time?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics: ,

Relatively Theory basically stipulates that whether an event is viewed as being in the past, present or future depends on where one is in relation to the event in question as well as how fast…

Read Post

What is the “classical view of God” and what about it do you find objectionable?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics:

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…

Read Post

What do you think of the classical view that God is impassible?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics:

The classical view has historically 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…

Read Post

Do you believe God is pure actuality?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics:

The basis of the classical view of God as pure actuality (actus purus) is the Aristotelian notion that potentiality is always potential for change and that something changes only because is lacks something else. So,…

Read Post

What do you think of Thomas Aquinas’ view of God?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics:

Question: You have written (in Trinity and Process) that the relational God of the Bible is the antithesis of the immutable God of Thomas Aquinas. Could you explain this? Answer: Aquinas and much of the…

Read Post

What is omni-resourcefulness?

Category:
Tags: , , , ,
Topics:

Question: What do you mean when you refer to God’s omni-resourcefulness? Can you support this with Scripture? Answer: I and others use the term omni-resourcefulness to highlight a feature of God in Scripture that the…

Read Post

What is your perspective on the classical view that God is above time?

Category:
Tags: , , ,
Topics: ,

In a major strand of hellenistic (Greek) philosophy, change was seen as being an imperfection. This idea was adopted by many early Church fathers and eventually became almost an assumed dogma of the Church. It…

Read Post
Search Tips

Simple Search

Detailed Search

  • Category

  • Filter by Tag:

  • Show Only Posts Related to Verse:

  • Filter by Topic:

  • Clear all filters