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The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over all. Does that mean that in his sovereignty and foreknowledge, all events are determined? What about evil and the choices of man to disobey God or not believe in him at all?

What a choice to have to choose between a good but weak God or a bad but strong God. The sovereignty of God, the existence of evil, the responsibility of man--how do these work together to explain human history and the reality...

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Softcover New The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over all. Does that mean that in his sovereignty and foreknowledge, all events are determined? What about evil and the ... choices of man to disobey God or not believe in him at all? Is God good but weak or bad but strong? In 'The Innocence of God', Udo Middelmann critiques both positions and demonstrates the continuing battle of good and powerful God for his creation. God admonishes us to seek justice, goodness, and mercy in the continuing struggle against evil. The truth of God's patient, yet powerful battle for redemption is absent when everything has been already determined. Read more Show Less

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The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over all. Does that mean that in his sovereignty and foreknowledge, all events are determined? What about evil and the choices of man to disobey God or not believe in him at all?

What a choice to have to choose between a good but weak God or a bad but strong God. The sovereignty of God, the existence of evil, the responsibility of man--how do these work together to explain human history and the reality of the world around us?

Belief in the sovereignty of God has lead to extreme forms of determinism, while a rejection of God's sovereignty has resulted in an openness view of history, which assumes the idea of a God with limited power and knowledge. In The Innocence of God, Udo Middelmann critiques both positions and demonstrates the continuing battle of a good and powerful God for his creation. God admonishes us to seek justice, goodness and mercy in the continuing struggle against evil. The truth of God's patient, yet powerful battle for redemption is absent when everything has been already determined.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781934068045
  • Publisher: Authentic Media
  • Publication date: 10/10/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Udo Middlemann, who holds degrees in law and theology, is the president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He has lectured widely on ethics and society in many countries on all continents and regularly publishes Footnotes.

He has written Pro-Existence and The Market-Driven Church and authored numerous articles and chapters.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The God Who Reveals God's Self
2. A Just God in an Unjust World
3. Relief in the Law of a Just God
4. God Present in History, But Where?
5. Predestination and Determinism
6. Real Life Versus Spiritual Escape
7. Infinite-Personal God and Finite-Personal Human
8. The Infinite-Personal God of Scripture
9. Not Abandoned
10. No Seamless Garment
11. Evil: Agency and Instrumentality
12. More than Arrogance and Resignation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    Remarkably fresh perspective

    The Innocence of God is a book that is the fruit of a life time of serious thinking about what God is like and what it means to be human. With great care and passion the author refuses to accept as true a picture of God whose primary attribute is an arbitrary sovereignty by which all the events of history and our daily lives no matter how horrendous or evil are attributed to this God for some higher spiritual purpose. If all events are accepted as God's will then there is no basis for protest against the painful reality in which we find ourselves. The result is a passive resignation to the way things are, to life as it happens. But we are not to submit to the normalcy of suffering. God calls us to stand against it. <BR/><BR/>I'm thankful for the author's courage to tackle this topic in spite of the heated responses it will likely produce. If a person can read the book with an open mind, suspending those "systems" of thought which prevent the possibility of seeing things in a fresh way, a whole reorientation of ones view of life and way of living may spring forth. What a great book to discuss with family and friends. The author has an unusual gift for taking what is often turned into an abstract theological discussion and rooting the discussion in the concrete reality of life. Take the time to read this book. It will be well worth the effort.

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