Their God Is Too Small: Open Theism and the Undermining of Confidence in God

By Bruce A. Ware

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Their God Is Too Small: Open Theism and the Undermining of Confidence in God

By Bruce A. Ware

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Can you trust a "God" who can't know the future?

A new theology is trickling down from the lofty halls of academia to the pews of evangelical churches. Called open theism, this novel view of God denies that he fully knows the future and insists that he takes risks by giving humans wide-ranging freedom. This view has disastrous consequences for the everyday faith of ordinary Christians, consequences you can't afford to ignore.

Their God Is Too Small explains some of the beliefs of open theism and shows their practical implications. Using biblical truth and personal anecdotes, Bruce Ware demonstrates how open theism undermines trust in God for everyday life, particularly in the midst of suffering. This is no dry academic discourse; if you care about God's glory and your confidence in him, then this book is for you because it concerns the everyday issues of faith.


Bruce A. Ware

Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and is the author of God's Lesser Glory and God's Greater Glory.

Product Details

Category: Theology
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 6.3 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-58134-481-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-58134-481-3
ISBN-UPC: 9781581344813
Case Quantity: 10
Published: August 31, 2003


"With unassailable logic, compelling exposition, and captivating real-life implications, Ware convincingly demonstrates the theological barrenness of open theism by exposing its major biblical deficiencies."
John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Chancellor Emeritus, The Master’s University and Seminary

"Open theism supports its reducing of God's sovereignty by denying his full knowledge of the future. If any doubt remains as to whether this falls short of the Bible's teaching and waters down Christian faith and hope, Bruce Ware's pastoral reasoning will surely dispel it."
J. I. Packer, Late Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

"Their God Is Too Small effectively exposes the diminished God of open theism, and in so doing provides pastors with a powerful tool to foster genuine faith in the sovereign, wise, and trustworthy God of the Bible."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville

"Confusion about God inevitably leads to confusion about life. Thankfully, Bruce Ware keeps our heads and hearts on track toward an accurate knowledge of God against the backdrop of prevalent distortions."
Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University; author, The Upside of Down and Redefining Leadership