Donald Bloesch, Arminianism and open theism

Donald Bloesch, Arminianism and open theism October 7, 2010

Here is an interesting excerpt from Bloesch’s early work The Evangelical Renaissance (p. 53):

“Sovereignty in the biblical sense…entails omniscience.  God knows the course of the future and the fulfillment of the future, but this must not be taken to mean that He literally knows every single event even before it happens.  It means that He knows every alternative and the way in which His children may well respond to the decisions that confront them?  The plan of God is predetermined, but the way in which He realizes it is dependent partly on the free cooperation of His subjects.  This does not detract from His omnipotence, for it means that He is so powerful that He is willing to attain His objectives by allowing a certain room for freedom of action on the part of man.”  Interesting, huh?  I don’t remember any hysteria among evangelicals when this was published in 1973.

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