Author, Theologian & Professor of Religious Studies

Primary Research Focus:

Open Theism

 Is God open to and influenced by what creatures do? Is the future open or determined? Does God know with certainty what we will do in the future?

Cognitive Linguistics

How do language and culture play a role in the way we understand the Bible, morality, and God?

“In creating us the divine intention was that we would come to experience the triune love and respond to it with love of our own and freely come to collaborate with God towards the achievement of God’s goals.”

Open Theism: Progress and Prospects

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A brief historical introduction places the view in its historical context. This is followed by a section discussing some philosophical assumptions and implications of open theism, and the essay concludes with various theological topics. We discuss both the differences between open theism and other theological positions, and some matters of disagreement among open theists.

Sanders and Oord in conversation 2

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Tom Oord’s reply to my journal article (which criticized his understanding of theodicy and miracles) contains a number of helpful clarifications which help me understand his position better. Yet, I believe he misunderstands some things as well. In what follows I shall briefly address some of the topics…

Problems with Oord's Theodicy and Miracles

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Problems with Oord’s theodicy and miracles. John Sanders. Professor of Religious Studies, Hendrix College. Draft version, not for citation or quotation.  Published version:  “Why Oord’s Essential Kenosis Model Fails to Solve the Problem of Evil While Retaining Miracles.” Wesleyan Journal…