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Philosophie, Religionsphilosophie


William Hasker/John Sanders


Open Theism

Progress and Prospects

This essay provides an overview of the theological movement known as open theism or the openness of God. Open theism em­phasizes God’s love for creatures and that God enters into dynamic give-and-take relations with them. Creatures have genuine freedom and God does not tightly control what they do. God is »open« to being affected by creatures and some of God’s decisions are contingent upon creatures. The future is also »open« in that there are multiple possible futures, not just one possible future. This means that God has dynamic omniscience: God knows the past and present as definite and knows the »future« as possible events and as events God has determined to happen.

A brief historical introduction places the view in its historical context. This is followed by ...

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