Thursday, November 05, 2015

Uncontrolling Love of God (Tom Oord) -- Trailer



Tom Oord is one of my favorite contemporary theologians. His work on love is enlightening. His vision of God powerful. His latest book The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence is now out from IVP Academic. I posted a review a month back. Tom has filmed a trailer that introduces the book. I'd like to share that with you.

In my review I wrote:

In the Uncontrolling Love of God, Tom builds on this work to lay out both a relational understanding of divine providence and offer a theodicy (defense of God in the face of evil). After all, we all want to make sense of our realities, including the presence of evil and tragedy. Even people of deep faith wonder about God’s presence or apparent absence in moments of distress. If God is all powerful, then why doesn’t God act? The answer that Tom Oord seeks to offer here is rooted in the premise that love is the defining characteristic of God’s nature. Thus, the answer could be found in God’s nature. This conversation, however, takes place within the context of Tom’s own theological foundations. As an “Open Theology” advocate, he argues that God does not know the future in its fullness. He seeks to understand providence in conversation with the recognition that the future remains unwritten. God has intentions but there is still the place of randomness to account for, and that includes our input into the realities of life. This book is, as the author notes, an attempt to offer a “plausible explanation for how God acts providentially amid randomness and freedom” (p. 25). 

 You can read the rest here:  http://www.bobcornwall.com/2015/10/the-uncontrolling-love-of-god-thomas.html.  In the meantime, watch the video.




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