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The God Who Risks: A Theology of Divine Providence

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If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, can he in any way be vulnerable to his creation? Can God be in control of anything at all if he is not constantly in control of everything? John Sanders says yes to both of these questions. InThe God Who Risks, he mounts a careful and challenging argument for positive answers to both of these profound theological questions. In this ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by IVP Academic (first published 1998)
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Joel Wentz
Jan 30, 2013 Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing
I was deeply moved by Sanders' account of the way God genuinely desires relationship with his people, and the lengths He goes through to achieve that goal throughout the biblical narrative. This isn't to say that I uncritically subscribe to all the theological implications of Sanders' views here, BUT this book has certainly revitalized my understanding of God as a relational being. This reads more like a philosophy textbook than a theology book at times, but I highly recommend it to anyone who s ...more
John Barbour
The God Who Risks

By John Sanders
This is a book about theology; not the dry and dusty kind about God as a concept or idea or theological construct or 1st mover but a personal God that loves and saves. Sanders contrasts what he calls the classical view of God with what he labels Free will theism. Noting that the free will tradition is actually the older one, he acknowledges the dominance of the classical view. But this is more than just the old Arminian – Calvinist / Free will – determinist debate
Craig French
Jan 09, 2014 Craig French rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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At first glance, the length of this volume may lead the reader to think he has an exhaustive attempt at establishing Open View/Open Theism (OT) - such an impression would be false. The "virtues" of OT are primarily psychological in nature and not particularly supernatural. God does what He can if he can - and when he does or says something, he doesn't know if it will be effective. He is resourceful, a divine MacGuyver who is as much a victim of circumstance as we are.

Throughout this book, Sander
May 26, 2011 Coryke rated it really liked it
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Sanders is comprehensive in articulating an Open theology over and against other varieties of Protestant theology - especially Calvinism. He covers the biblical and philosophical grounds very thoroughly. Where Sanders excels is in his fleshing out of the implications of the various theological positions at hand. Sanders is logically rigorous. In these regards, I believe the ratings for Sanders' book should be very high. He accomplishes what he sets out to do. Even those who disagree with Sanders ...more
Josh Pannell
Nov 19, 2013 Josh Pannell rated it really liked it
Though I painfully moved through every page of this book, I gave it four stars because Sanders defends his view so well.

Sanders believes in open theism, the view that man has libertarian freewill and that God has limited foreknowledge of their decisions. This view hinges on a few things:

1. A dynamic view of time. The past, present, and future do not exist ontologically simultaneously. The future is created through man's decisions. God can only know what is logically possible for him to know. Bec
Christopher Rose
Jan 10, 2016 Christopher Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good primer for Open Theists, but I prefer the Gregory Boyd's A Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy. It is a bit more holistic and complete.
Jul 17, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it
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First, the admitted bias: my theology in large part aligns with Sanders. That's not only because I read this book, but he has been influential in the forming of my theological views.

That being said, this is a good book. Very approachable, yet not trite. It strikes me as odd to say this, but Sanders knows his stuff - he writes knowledgeably, with an eye to thorough argumentation. It's also a beautiful book, but I suspect I say that because I find the theology contained in this book to be beautif
Mar 08, 2007 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theologically brave
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I didn't particularly like when I first read it. One day I will have to take a more balanced look. In general, his interpretation of the Bible is poor and I don't agree with the whole Open Theism thing at all. It does provide a corrective to overly Calvinistic evangelicalism.
Sep 07, 2007 Tom rated it really liked it
Great book if you're interested in the subject. I read the first edition. This is the revised addition which I understand has some significant improvements. No view out there isn't bailing SOME water. Open theism is just bailing less than others (in my view).
Brian Townsend
Jul 20, 2007 Brian Townsend rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Scott
Crazy book! basically is anti-Calvin to the extreme. Not only does it argue for free-will but that the future in many ways is unknowable to God because He is working with us to create it. Check it out Scott!
Bill Mech
Marvelous. I love the use of relationality in God as the organizing theme of Sanders' theology. It resonates with the experience of all who claim to have a "relationship" with God.
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I didn't finish this book, but I don't think I ever will. It was good just too intense for me. Maybe I'll pick it back up someday.
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