John Sanders

Articles by John Sanders

Future of Open Theism

The Future of Open Theism by Richard Rice (2020) is a wonderful book. The first part covers its development and reception. Rice does a terrific job of surveying the history of this idea, including forerunners such as McCabe and Olson. He explains how the book, The Openness of God, came about and summarizes the books […]

God Who Trusts

The God Who Trusts by Curtis Holtzen (2019). “God loves to trust” says the author. This means that God places hope in others and has faith in us to succeed. God believes in us. Most of us are aware of how motivating it is when someone we respect says they believe in us. Now think […]

Muslim Scholarship on Open Theism

Bayam, Emine Gören. Doctoral dissertation 2016. (In Turkish). Acık Teizm Baglaminda Tanri’nin Onbilgisi ve Insan Hurriyeti (God’s Foreknowledge and Human Freedom in the context of Open Theism). Istanbul University, Turkey. • “AÇIK TEİZME GÖRE TANRI’NIN HER ŞEYİ BİLMESİ MESELESİ.” SBArD, Issue 27/( Spring 2016): 195 – 208. • “AÇIK TEİZMİN GELENEKSEL TANRI TASAVVURU VE SÜREÇ […]

Open Theism: Progress and Prospects

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

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 raised in his reply that I hope […]

Problems with Oord’s Theodicy and Miracles

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 Draft version, not for citation or quotation.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 of Theology (fall, 2016): 174-187 Abstract: From the notion that love is incompatible with control […]