In recent years an increasing number of evangelical thinkers have called for a reevaluation of our understanding of God, making a case for what has variously been called "freewill theism" or the "open view" of God. R. K. McGregor Wright sees their efforts not as something radically new, but a contemporary reaffirmation of Arminianism.
Concerned that evangelicals may soon find no place for sovereignty in their thinking, Wright sets out to show what's wrong--biblically, theologically and philosophically--with freewill theory in its ancient form. Along the way, he provides a short course in historical theology, making a fresh, powerful case for the Reformed emphasis on God's sovereign grace. Wright also meets challenges head-on with a discussion of the Arminian position and a chapter on the problem of evil. Finally, he subjects to close scrutiny the recent work of Clark Pinnock, a contemporary advocate of freewill theism.
Regardless of where readers' sympathies lie, they will want to hear, think through and respond for themselves to the arguments Wright makes on behalf of the Reformed understanding of God.
Foreword from the Mission Front
1. An Ancient Continuing Controversy
2. The Incoherence of the Freewill Theory
3. What Makes Us Human? Humanism Christianity
4. Apostate Autonominsm: The Fall the Autonomist Theoria
5. Salvation as God's Choice to Save: All is of Grace
6. Depravity Election: Spiritual Incompetence Divine Sovereignty
7. Grace Perseverance: Salvation Its Security
8. An Effective Atonement
9. Are There Any "Arminian" Verses in the Bible?
10. The Problem of Evil: The Final Stronghold of Unbelief?
11. The Location of Ultimacy the Attributes of God: A Current Debate
Glossary of Names Terms
Select Bibliography of Sources