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A God who controls everything is a problem for Oord because he wants a theology that makes it impossible for God to coerce, because, on his account, coercion is incompatible with love…

The logic of the position is impeccable: To protect human freedom, we need to adjust the classical doctrine of God so that He’s no longer in complete control of the world.  And to ensure that He’s not in complete control of the world, we need to deny creatio ex nihilo, because a God who can create from nothing looks a lot like the God that Calvin worshiped, and we can’t have that…

Let me highlight only one point that, to my mind, pulls the rug from his whole project.  Jettison creatio ex nihilo, and what’s left?  A God who creates from something existing alongside.  And how does this God-who-cannot-create-from-nothing shape that something into the world we know?  He’s gotta struggle with it…

On the other hand, those dreaded “classical theists” speak of creation as a gift of being, of created existence as existence by participation, which is to say, by the continuous generous outpouring of the Spirit.  Who’s got the better-founded theology of love?  Oord’s position doesn’t sound at all like an ontology of love to me.  It’s a reiteration of pagan/modern/postmodern ontologies of violence.

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