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An epigrammatic analysis on open theism and its impact on classical Christianity

Mark Pretorius
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a2041 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.2041 | © 2013 Mark Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2013 | Published: 23 September 2013

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Mark Pretorius, Department of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Open theism is a theological position taken by a number of scholars and deals with human free will and its relationship to God, including the nature of the future. This brief article explores this relationship and challenges the tenets of open theism by arguing that it is a flawed system. The major thrust of the article asks two questions: Firstly, are the views of open theism consistent with God’s divine attributes, namely all-knowing and all-powerful. Secondly, how should Christians relate their beliefs to a particular Zeitgeist?


God’s divine attributes; all knowing God; all-powerful God; open theism; human free will


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