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updated 3:57 AM CET, Nov 19, 2019

Solving the “baby-talk” paradox in the Bible

According to a classical theological principle God accomodates Himself to His human audience through multiple filters. The accomodation theory explains why many biblical verses show God when changing, repenting, being somewhere and so on in order to keep the validity and sustainability of the classical attributes of God (omniscience, immutability etc.). I present below analytically that the theory in its classical form is contradictory. The only element of the Bible where God doesn’t make use of the accomodation is His nature. As a consequence, systematic theologies should be based upon the verses and stories that describe this nature. This will lead on the long term to the creation of more open and relational theologies.

Intellectual humility

Embracing (a more) open theism with all our heart will lead to a conscious and well-grounded intellectual humility in our mind, which includes a low concern for status and the willingness to understand our limitations.

Open theism and science

The section “Open theism – Scientific” scans whether science supports the open theist view of the universe and the relationship between God and mankind. By nature, the fields in question need insights into natural sciences like physics and biology in the first place, including quantum physics and the theory of evolution, and to social sciences, like economics or history. I’m convinced theologies cannot ignore state-of-the-art scientific research, and in the same way they cannot ignore the inspired words of God. If needed, theologies need to be revised and adjusted, counting open theism as well.

Paul, the refugee of God

I have never been that close to Paul before. Sarah Ruden made me feel this way. She grasped my attention from the very first moment I had begun to read a line of hers. Consequently I bought and devoured two of her books and I plan to do the same with all the others. Paul has never been that alive for me.

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