Boyd responds to Piper

kinnon —  August 13, 2007 — 2 Comments

Greg Boyd writes a very interesting response to John Piper’s “blog post” that prompted this post from me. [HT: BHT]

There’s undoubtedly plenty of blame to go around for why this bridge collapsed, ranging from fallen cosmic powers to a wrongly prioritized government to the wrongly prioritized people who elected these officials into office without holding them sufficiently accountable. But if you accept that God created a world with free agents, the one being you don’t need to blame is God.

If, on the other hand, you don’t accept that the cosmos is populated with free agents who can therefore make decisions that are contrary to God’s will, then you have an even greater problem. (This is the camp the pastor whose blog I’m discussing is in). For in this case one has to explain how everyone can deserve to die when everything every person has ever done, however sinful, was part of God’s great plan from the start!

Let the TR games begin!

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Boyd responds to Piper

  1. Wow, I am so much more in tune with Boyd’s response, eventhough many I know commented positively on Piper post. Have your read Boyd’s “Is God to Blame?” I don’t have it in front of me but I am sure it was the same Boyd? I read it about three years ago and found it very helpful/insightful.

  2. Brad,
    Although I probably wouldn’t find myself in the Open Theist camp (because I’m not smart enough to understand it, perhaps), Greg is one of the good guys. A thoughtful writer, a dedicated pastor and someone who is committed to the missional conversation whilst pastoring a rather large church in the Twin Cities. (Friends of mine attended when they lived in Minneapolis and another friend is on staff with Greg.)


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