Tuesday, January 18, 2011

God of the Possible: A Biblical Introduction to the Open View of Godby Gregory A. Boyd

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Publishers Weekly
This exceptionally engaging and biblically centered text defends a theological claim that is generating heated controversy among evangelicals: that from God's perspective, the future is partly open, a realm of possibilities as well as certainties. Boyd, professor of theology at Bethel College (St. Paul, Minn.) and author of Letters from a Skeptic and God at War, displays a remarkable ability to make "open theism" accessible to a wide audience. Open theism usually receives a cool reception among evangelical theologians, whose views of divine foreknowledge often echo Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin, as well as Hellenistic philosophical theology. This classical tradition interprets God's perfection as eternal changelessness, ruling out the possibility that God could learn new information, or that God's intentions could change. Boyd sidesteps the more abstruse theological debates surrounding this issue in favor of a patient, but not pedantic, exposition of a "motif of future openness" in biblical narrative and prophecy. These biblical texts repeatedly portray God as changing plans in response to human decisions, viewing future events as contingent and even being disappointed at how events turn out. Boyd clearly believes the debate over open theism has gotten off to an unfortunate start, as disagreements about the "settledness" of the future have unnecessarily been interpreted as challenges to God's omniscience or sovereignty. This convincing, clear book promises to raise the caliber of argument in the controversy. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

A step above (I hope!) my current Trek reading.  Very good analysis and defense of the "open theism" position -   see the appendix of Biblical material in the appendix at Google books: http://tinyurl.com/gpossible

Miracle Workers, S.C.E. Book Two 

Keith R. A. DeCandido (Author), Kevin Dilmore (Author), David Mack (Author), Dayton Ward (Author)
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Their motto: Have tech, will travel
Need to build a subspace accelerator while under attack by a deadly local predator? Need to rescue a starship from interphase without getting trapped there yourself? Call in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers team, specifically the crack team from the U.S.S. da Vinci. Under the guidance of Captain David Gold and his first officer, former Starship Enterprise™ engineer Commander Sonya Gomez, the crew of the da Vinci can construct six impossible things before breakfast.
Overseen by Captain Montgomery Scott from his office at Starfleet Headquarters, the S.C.E. crew put their lives on the line to rescue a space station from catastrophe, and face off against a deadly alien race of technology thieves with the aid of Lieutenant Nog from Space Station Deep Space 9 ™.

Yah - more Star Trek fun as I marinate my brain in Trek short stories from the SCE series...