Thomas Oord argues that the theo-logic of love for Open theism is more important than God’s relation to the world or God’s dependence on the world, God’s openness to the future, and genuine freedom of creatures.
“To love is to act intentionally, in response to others (including God), to promote overall well-being.”
Love and agapé are words with multiple meanings. We may say, for instance, that we love our country, local sports team, pepperoni pizza, spouse, or favorite movies. The fact that people talk of love in such varied ways prompted Sigmund Freud to say that “‘love’ is employed in language” in an “undifferentiated way.”1 Theologian Mildred Bangs Wynkoop concurs, saying that love is a multifarious “weasel-word.”2
In this piece, Oord disagrees with NT Wright, who says that it is not part of the Christian vocation to provide an explanation for happening in response to calamities like the Coronavirus, but instead to lament. Oord argues that in addition to lamentation, it is part of the Christian tradition to offer explanations for what’s happening, and to give an account of the hope Christians have.
(ENTIRE BOOK) The path that through the centuries led Christian theology away from the dynamic and interactive God of the biblical writings to the immutable deity of classical theologians also involved a de-emphasis upon divine love in favor of divine power. David Polk traces this path with great care in remarkably accessible language, showing how at numerous points the ideas of creative thinkers, pointing to a better way, were largely ignored. With equal care and lucidity, Polk traces the eventual turn, still in progress, toward a new understanding that recovers what was lost and provides the groundwork for a creative resolution to age-old theological conundrums appropriate to our contemporary situation. Concluding with a resolution of the love-power question through a concept of empowering love, the book makes an important contribution to contemporary theological reflection. I can heartily recommend it not only as a textbook for college and seminary students but also as material for advanced-level adult study groups in local churches. It is not an easy task to speak to such a wide spectrum of persons, and we should be grateful to Polk for having done so.
~Russell Pregeant, Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Chaplain, Emeritus, Curry College
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