Does Theistic Evolution Lead to Open Theism?

God's Sovereignty, Creation, and Open Theism

This is not true of all theistic evolutionists, but those who take seriously the idea that God is not directing the mutation selection process then think about that very rationally and say, Well, if God is not guiding the process, then God doesn’t really know where it’s going to end up. He has no basis for knowing where it’s going to end up.

Some will invoke the idea of divine foreknowledge or predestination to explain away this logical inconsistency, but it’s hard to hold to those doctrines if you say that God is not also sovereign and in control of what’s happening in nature and what is going to happen in the future.

Theistic Evolution

Theistic Evolution

J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, Wayne Grudem

This volume of more than two dozen essays written by highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America provides the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives.

A more logically consistent position—if you start with the premise that God is not guiding the process—is to say he also doesn’t know where it’s going to end up. When you affirm that, you’ve really begun to accept open theism as a theological system.

So, there is a connection. Not all, but certain forms of theistic evolution theologically lead to the open theism perspective.



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