Tom de Bruin deposited Richard Rice. The Future of Open Theism: From Antecedents to Opportunities. Downers Grove: IVP, 2020. 250 pp. in the group Spes Christiana (journal) on Humanities Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
What Richard Rice has essentially achieved in The Future of Open Theism is to appraise the prominent issues in the development of the open theism dis-course and to chart new paths for its future, especially since the publishing of The Openness of God twenty-eight years ago. Rice, a leading voice of the open theism theology, sums up its major argument: “God is open to the world, and the world is open to God. Both Creator and creatures contribute to the ongoing course of events, and God experiences these events as they happen.” (p. 1). There is a genuine interaction between God and His creatures. The idea of God’s temporality, or time being real for God, according to Rice, “enables us to make sense of a wide range of biblical passages, such as those that speak of God testing people; asking questions about the future; being surprised, de-lighted, and disappointed; experiencing regret and sorrow; and perhaps most important, changing His mind in response to human decisions and actions” (pp. 30‒31).