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Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness [Paperback]

By Clark H. Pinnock (Author)
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Item description for Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness by Clark H. Pinnock...

Responding to recent scholarly developments, this foremost proponent of the openness of God position continues the current conversation by offering his most sophisticated statement yet.

1. Self Revelation Of God In Jesus Christ 2. Overcoming A Pagan Inheritance 3. Metaphysics Of Love 4. Existential Fit 224 Pages

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In 1994, Clark Pinnock along with four other scholars published "The Openness of God," which set out a new evangelical vision of God centered on his open, relational, and responsive love for creation.
Since then, dozens of books and articles have been written to discuss the open view of God. It has become a major subject of debate within the Evangelical Theological Society, and "Christianity Today" has called for ongoing study of the subject by both classical theists and openness theologians. Now Pinnock, in an effort to continue ongoing conversation, returns with "Most Moved Mover" to defend the open view of God against criticism.
"Most Moved Mover," the most passionate and articulate defense of openness theology to date, begins with an analysis of the heated debate sparked by the publication of "The Openness of God." Pinnock then clears up misconceptions about openness theology, points out areas of agreement between classical and openness theologians, and lays the groundwork for future discussions.
From an insider's perspective, Pinnock takes readers deep into the openness debate that is shaking the evangelical movement, detailing reactions and replies from thinkers as diverse as Millard Erickson, Greg Boyd, and John Polkinghorne.
Most Moved Mover" is sure to inform all evangelicals, regardless of their viewpoint, of the latest developments concerning the open view of God movement. It will be required reading in the academy and for church leaders who want to keep current with the ongoing evangelical debate about God's nature and attributes.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness by Clark H. Pinnock has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/30/2001 page 82
  • CBA Retailers - 10/01/2001 page 59
  • Christian Century - 01/30/2002 page 37
  • Christianity Today - 02/01/2003 page 89

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Format: Import
Studio: Paternoster Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2012
Publisher   AUTHENTIC UK
ISBN  0801022908  
ISBN13  9781842270141  

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More About Clark H. Pinnock

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Clark H. Pinnock (PhD, University of Manchester) is professor emeritus of systematic theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, and has written or edited eighteen books, including Most Moved Mover. Barry L. Callen (DRel, Chicago Theological Seminary) is University Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He is editor of the Wesleyan Theological Journal and author or editor of over twenty books, including Authentic Spirituality.

Clark H. Pinnock currently resides in Ontario. Clark H. Pinnock was born in 1937.

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God without Greek philosophy  Mar 5, 2007
Finally a good foundation for being able to view God through the scripture and not through the lens of Greek philosophy that has distorted the scripture for way too long. God is omnipotent and chose to create the world that he has, though he could have created a world that was totally deterministic, he chose one instead that had freedom. One where free beings, created in his image, could share his triune love for all eternity. Only through freedom can true love exist.

A great primer for Christian growth and a deeper understanding of God's love toward us.
Terrible book  Jun 30, 2006
What a waste of paper. Some people should abstain from writing and Pinnock is one of them.
I Thought Pinnock was a Heretic  Jun 10, 2006
I was not expecting to like this book.

I read it in the context of a class that was meant to be critical, from a Calvinistic perspective, of Arminianism in its Reformed, Wesleyan, and Open Theist forms. I myself had, until recently, been a typical "angry young man" that you so often find in Reformed schools. But at that time I had begun to re-evaluate my theology. In any case, my preconceived ideas about Clark Pinnock could have been put simply: he was a heretic. Even before he had become an Open Theist, I was under the impression that he was a heretic, not only because he had a weak view of Scripture, but because he had embraced Arminian theology after having been an avowed Calvinist. In all honesty, I read his book rather reluctantly. I had no idea what Open Theism was, and, in all honesty, I had never really examined the arguments for Arminianism from an Arminian perspective. I was only expecting to find "fuel for the fire", you might say, with which to burn an effigy of Pinnock in a critical essay.

But then something unexpected happened. As other reviewers have noted, Most Moved Mover is about God's love and about his relationality. As a Calvinist, I believed in God's love for the elect in the abstract, but was not entirely convinced of his love for any individual I met, even for myself, because I thought it was impossible to know who was truly elect. God loved some people, and hated most, having created them to be tortured for eternity to the praise of his glory. And I understood God's relationality to the world in terms of decrees and legally binding covenants - in other words, my understanding of God was that he was mighty and sovereign, and somewhat distant.

Pinnock's arguments blew that conception out of the water.

Admittedly, having experienced a personal crisis within my family, and having spent some time doing pastoral work and evangelism, my views about God were changing and maturing, but Pinnock really sped up the process by helping me read Scripture in a light I wouldn't or couldn't read as a Calvinist.

And then, a couple days after having read the book, I found myself walking through a mall in Amsterdam and I had something of a religious experience. I've only had a handful of encounters with God throughout my walk as a Christian, so I'm not given to religious experiences on a regular basis (though perhaps I should be). It suddenly occured to me, that God loves me! He! He... loves. I was at once shocked, humbled, and so full of joy I found myself crying right there in the mall! I had always believed that God was my King, my Saviour, my Judge, my Lord... but I had a hard time accepting or believing that he was my Loving Father. But no longer.

I say all this because I attribute that revelation, that work of grace in my heart to Clark Pinnock's book. I'm not saying I'm an Open Theist, but I cannot bring myself to call Pinnock a heretic. I think his work is worth your attention, especially if you are struggling to understand God's love for you and for the world. In a subsequent correspondence with Prof. Pinnock I found him to be a humble, grace-filled person in love with Christ, totally without the venom you often find in works by other theologians, especially his opponents. I would highly reccomend Most Moved Mover to people whose experiences may have mirorred my own, and who are seeking a deeper revelation of the love of God.
Open Theism Coming of Age  Jan 28, 2005
This is, I think the most mature and articulate statement of Open Theism yet written. Clark Pinnock, the father of the movement responds to Open Theism's critics and provides a clear and persuasive case for his own perspective. There is much to admire in Pinnock's work, perhaps most of all it's rehetorical power and passionate voice. This book also, I think offers the most nuanced arguments for Open Theism and critiques of Classical Theism than any other book I have read. Pinnock, in four chapers explores the biblical support for Open Theism, critiques Classical Theism's indeptedness to pagan philosophy, examines the philosophical coherence of Open Theism and explores it's practical implications.

There are certainly some problems with the book. Pinnock does gloss over, or just not mention a number of Scriptures that are very much in tension with some of his claims. Also the book does tend to be quite repetative at points. I also found over half a dozen grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book.

However, there is also much to commend. Pinnock forces Classical Theists to examine so much of the biblical material that they tend to sweep under the rug or just ignore. Frankly, I was also quite compelled by Pinnock's arguments against compatiblism and determinism. It is hard to see how human life and history is significant if it is all run according to a blueprint that even God is not free to deviate from. Also, I think Pinnock is to be commended for grounding his understanding divine power in the cross and resurrection rather than pagan and medival conceptions of power as impersonal, brute force.

I do think, though that we must reform our understanding of God even more radically than Pinnock does. By this I don't mean process theology or something like that. Rather, we shouldn't talk of God limiting his power to make room for human freedom as Pinnock tends to do. Rather, we should contend that God's power is fully manifested in giving freedom, suffering with creation, becoming incarnate, dying and being raised from the dead. These are not things that limit God's power. They are God's power in action!

Pinnock is also to be commended for grouding his view of God and relationality in the inter-trinitarian communal life of God. This truth is, I am convinced, vitally important for the church today. I do think, though that Pinnock, in stressing God's relationality and openness toward us fails to consider that God is also able to distance himself from us as well. In the biblical narrative, this is often seen in response to the sins of God's people. God is not only intimately realted to us, he is also indescribably other than us and is not within our control. Rather, we come to realize that God, though infinitly faithful is also very surprising and dynamic, both in his being present and absent in relation to his people at times. I think Open Theism helpfully stresses one side of this dialectic, but also feel that we must honor the other side as well, thus living in the tension that is life before a God we cannot control, but who is intimately committed to us as his people.

This book is certainly not the last word in this discussion, but it does take the discussion to a new level. I hope that those on all sides of this issue will be able to read this, be challenged by it, and go on to serve God better because of it, regardless of where they come out on the issue. Highly recommended.
Most-Moved Misappropriation of God's Love  Sep 7, 2004
Since Mr. Oord felt compelled to offer multiple reviews (see July 14,2002 entry), though I wasn't so compelled, here goes my single review. *As a Wesleyan, this book is very disturbing.*

The False Premise of this book and much of Openism: God's Love is Paramount Attribute under which all other Divine Attributes are Subordinate. Or to use one of their illustrations: God's Love is like Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest stand-alone mountain on earth. While the Lord Himself is represented as the Continent of Africa with its many wonderful attributes and qualities, nothing can match the stature of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro rising above the Tanzanian plain, dominating the otherwise flat terrain and adding Massive Contour to the topography.

While a nice sentiment, and without by any means downplaying the Wonder and Magnificence and Eternal, Omni-nature of Agape' as fully displayed on the Old Rugged Cross and the movie Passion of the Christ, sympathizers with this misguided view need to read the ENTIRE BIBLE to get its take on things.

What's the harm/danger in overemphasizing God's Love? Simply this. It subtly UNDER-emphasizes God's other equally inherent Attributes like HOLY, PERFECT, OMNIPRESCIENT, JUSTICE, GOOD,RIGHTEOUSNESS, and so on. God of course is portrayed in the Bible as Whole Being, not mere sum of Attributes or as the Deity Who is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. What does Isaiah 6 and Rev. 4 say for emphasis? HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.

This tells us God is Love, yes. But HOLY-LOVE. GOOD-LOVE. JUST-LOVE. RIGHTEOUS-LOVE. And so on.

Ever wonder why many Open Theists like these authors are either Annihilationists or non-eternal Hell believers? It's because their unbiblical emphasis on Love excludes God's WRATH on Jesus-rejectors. They can't imagine their loving God enforcing a literal, conscious, bodily, tormentive ETERNAL existence of the lost (for some of these openists, Universal Salvation is the only logical outgrowth to their Love-theology: for them, none will be ultimately lost).

Despising and rejecting God's Love, if left unpunished with no divinely imposed just consequence renders the notion of God's Holy-Love into little more than sappy sentiment. That's why the Cross and Blood of Christ is so graphic: not just Holy-Love for the sinner, but Holy-Hate/Wrath for sin. Jesus the Innocent got the Wrath so we the Guilty get the Wreath (by Grace via Repentant Faith alone). Those who forfeit the Wreath are left with the Wrath. See Wesley's commentary on Romans for insight.

Let Scripture settle the matter decisively and conclusively. If they're going to quote John 3:16, at least it should be in context of John 3:17-18 and 3:36

For God so loved the world that He gave His Only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes is not condemned; but whoever doesn't believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of the One and Only Son of God..Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains (just as eternal) on him.

Read Revelation about the tormentive, day & night, 'forever and ever' nature of the hell which Jesus-rejectors impose on themselves by God's Holy-Wrath (Holy-Love wilfully spurned/blasphemed).

If Hell is not eternal, neither is Heaven since the same Greek duration descriptor is used for both:

Matt.25:46 "these (goats) shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous (sheep) into life eternal."

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