Divine Foreknowledge

Four Views

Spectrum Multiview Book Series

Edited by James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy
Contributions by Gregory A. Boyd, David Hunt, William Lane Craig, and Paul Helm

Divine Foreknowledge
paperback
  • Length: 221 pages
  • Published: October 31, 2001
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2652-0
  • Item Code: 2652
  • Case Quantity: 48

The question of the nature of God's foreknowledge and how that relates to human freedom has been pondered and debated by Christian theologians at least since the time of Augustine. And the issue will not go away.

More recently, the terms of the debate have shifted, and the issue has taken on new urgency with the theological proposal known as the openness of God. This view maintains that God's knowledge, while perfect, is limited regarding the future inasmuch as the future is "open" and not settled. Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views provides a venue for well-known proponents of four distinct views of divine foreknowledge to present their cases:

Gregory A. Boyd of Bethel College presents the open-theism view, David Hunt of Whittier College weighs in on the simple-foreknowledge view, William Lane Craig of Talbot School of Theology takes the middle-knowledge view, and Paul Helm of Regent College, Vancouver, presents the Augustinian-Calvinist view.

All four respond to each of the other essayists, noting points of agreement and disagreement. Editors James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy introduce the contemporary debate and also offer a conclusion that helps you evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of each view. The result is a unique opportunity to grapple with the issues and arguments and frame your own understanding of this important debate.

CONTENTS

Introduction

1. The Open-Theism Response - Gregory A. Boyd
A Simple-Foreknowledge Response
A Middle-Knowledge Response
An Augustinian-Calvinist Response

2. The Simple-Foreknowledge View - David Hunt
An Open-Theism Response
A Middle-Knowledge Response
An Augustinian-Calvinist Response

3. The Middle-Knowledge View - William Lane Craig
An Open-Theism Response
A Simple-Foreknowledge Response
An Augustinian-Calvinist Response

4. The Augustinian-Calvinist View - Paul Helm
An Open-Theism Response
A Simple-Foreknowledge Response
A Middle-Knowledge Response

Glossary

Subject Index

Scripture Index

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James K. Beilby (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His books include Why Bother With Truth? (with David Clark), Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views and The Meaning of the Atonement: Four Views (both with Paul Eddy), Naturalism Defeated?, For Faith and Clarity, and Epistemology as Theology. His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Sophia, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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