Saturday, November 04, 2006

If God Knows The Future, Why Pray?

Not too long ago, C.S. Lewis could confidently assert, “Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow.” Even my non-Christian colleagues are fond of saying, “I have no idea about what will happen. Only God knows!

However, a group of prominent scholars identified with the "open theism" movement has recently rejected the classical understanding of God’s foreknowledge in favor of a more 'relational, risk-taking' model of God.

Let us explore the practical and pastoral implications of open theism on three crucial facets of prayer - namely, our requests for God to act in our lives, seeking His will for decision-making and responses in the midst of pain and suffering.

For more details, check out the series on Moving The Hand of God:
Moving The Hand Of God (Intro)
What Is Open Theism?
If God Knows The Future, Why Pray?
Could We Trust God's Guidance With Major, Long-Term Decisions?
Praying In The Dark Night Of The Soul
Moving The Hand Of God (Conclusion)
Footnotes and Bibliography

6 comments:

Meursault said...

That's exactly why those who believe in open theism are easiest to be fooled by randomness.

daud said...

Nice blog u have there, camus fan :)

Sometimes the atheists anger against the hypocrisy and abuse of religion is a noble form of spirituality... it shows that they truly believe in transcendent justice and love, despite protestations to the contrary.

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