What do you think of this?
It's "open theism;" the idea that the future is not determined by God.
I first heard about this this morning from my most recent issue of The Christian Century, in an article called "What God Knows: The Debate On Open Theism" by James K.A. Smith.
I'm reading this thing over toast with cream cheese, lox and capers and puzzling. Furrowed brow.
From the article:
"If God knows that suffering will occur, the open theist reasons, then there must be some sense in which God is responsible for evil -- which would compromise God's goodness. Since such a conclusion would be clearly contrary to scripture and Christian tradition, the open theist offers another account: God didn't know."
Well, I appreciate these open theists' sincere desire to deal with theodicy. That's cool. Thanks, fellas.
But on another level it seems kind of sweet and dear, like I want to pat them on the head and say "There, there, it's okay if you don't understand why your omniscient God permits evil. It's okay if you don't know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's okay if you aren't capable of comprehending the ineffable mystery of a mostly benevolent Deity and a sacred creation that still contains BTK killers and genocides and bombs on the London tube, and cancer and tsunamis and the recent Britney Spears-Kevin Federline reality show. You don't have to develop a whole new systematics of the mind of God to help you manage the anxiety of that unknowing. But I mean, knock yourself out."
Also, since when does scripture not include a concept of God's (for lack of a better word) Badness?
Well, it all makes my head ache. It seems sad, futile, unnecessarily irreverent and worst of all, we're back in that anthropomorphized God concept again.
Have at it, PeaceBangers.
Or have another iced coffee. It is summer, after all.
(P.S. Sorry for technical difficulties experienced by T-Man and Dave. Wish I could help, dudes, but I am Unfrozen Caveman Blogger. Your modern technological ways confuse and confound me!)