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  Process Theism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
A central contention of process theism is that the problem of evil is aggravated by flawed accounts of omnipotence commonly assumed by theists and their critics.
To speak of open theism as a school of thought distinct from process theism is ironic since God's openness to creaturely influence is precisely the shared content of their views.
Ferré considers theism “optional” in the sense that the premises of theistic arguments are subject to competing and equally rational value commitments (Ferré 2001, 177f).
plato.stanford.edu /entries/process-theism   (20851 words)

  Theism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Theism, from the term theos (Greek for “god”), belief in one God who is personal and worthy of worship, who transcends the world but takes an active...
Theism, however, is not a characteristic of all religions.
Some religions reject theism but are not entirely atheistic.
ca.encarta.msn.com /Theism.html   (128 words)

  Theism - LoveToKnow 1911
But this theism is lifeless - a " pale and shallow deism, which India has often confessed with the lips, but which has never won the homage of her heart.'" The thought of India is upon the side of pantheism.
Theism is an afterthought - the reply to doubt - the attempted reflective justification of what announced it s elf at first as a prophetic certainty.
The theism of Hegel is ambiguous.' Later theists may be grouped according as their thought has been remoulded or not by the influences of Kant.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Theism   (17957 words)

 Stephen Hawking's Cosmology and Theism
I shall discuss acausal and causal versions of nonclassical theism and determine the respects in which they are consistent with the obtaining of the wave function law.
This tenet is inconsistent with acausal theism, since according to acausal theism the universe is not created by God but instead came into existence uncaused in accordance with a probabilistic law.
The classical theist may resist the suggestion that she must retreat to an acausal version of theism in order to retain a theistic belief that is consistent with Hawking's cosmology.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/quentin_smith/hawking.html   (3089 words)

 Reasons To Believe: Theism vs. the Many-Worlds Hypothesis
There are several considerations that raise the probability of theism still further, suggesting that theism is a better explanation of the available data, or that theism is needed as an explanation for the existence of such a large number of universes.
However, the bare possibility of such an error does not change the fact that theism is the most reasonable conclusion on the basis of the evidence actually available.
Theism can explain this higher-order fine-tuning, since presumably God designed the basic form of the laws of nature, and did so in such a way as to make anthropic fine-tuning of the physical constants possible.
www.reasons.org /resources/apologetics/other_papers/koons_robert_theism_vs_the_many_worlds_hypothesis.shtml   (2493 words)

 Theism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theism is the belief in the existence of one or more Gods or deities.
in which theism refers to the belief that God/(s) are immanent in the world, yet transcend it, along with the idea that God/(s) are omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.
Theism (second definition): The doctrine that God (or Gods) is (or are) immanent in the world, yet transcends it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Theism   (1091 words)

 Theses On Canonical Theism
Thesis I: Canonical theism is a term invented to capture the robust form of theism manifested, lived, and expressed in the canonical heritage of the Church.
Canonical theism differs from Classical theism in that the latter is a historical notion drawn from the history of ideas and used to designate a strong monotheism with impassibilist connotations.
Canonical theism is intimately tied to the notion of the canonical heritage of the Church.
people.smu.edu /canonicaltheism/CTTheses.htm   (1911 words)

 Agnostic theism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Theism, the opinion that gods or deities exist, and Agnosticism is that existence unknown or inherently unknowable.
Agnostic Theism could be interpreted as an admission that it is not possible to justify one's belief in god(s) sufficiently for it to be considered known.
His argument against agnostic theism is that it is contradictory to state that a being is inherently or currently unknowable, and yet positively assert a belief in its existence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Agnostic_theism   (1258 words)

 The Justification of Theism
We should seek a similar explanation for that vast coincidence which we describe as the conformity of objects to laws of nature-for example, the fact that all electrons are produced, attract and repel other particles and combine with them in exactly the same way at each point of endless time and space.
The hypothesis of theism is that the Universe exists because there is a God who keeps it in being and that laws of nature operate because there is a God who brings it about that they do.
Theism is able to explain the most general phenomena of science and more particular historical facts, but it is also able to explain our own individual religious experiences.
www.leaderu.com /truth/3truth09.html   (6178 words)

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Philosophical theism is a belief that God exists (or must exist), independent of the teaching or relevation of any particular religion.
Theism, one of the three major worldviews, traces its roots to Abraham the father of the Hebrews.
Classical theism is found in the Greeks since Plato; in the Judaism of Philo, Maimonides, and others; in Christian orthodoxy generally, and in Islam as early as al-Kindi.
www.lycos.com /info/theism.html   (593 words)

 What is open theism?
Open Theism holds that the future is not knowable.
In contradiction to Open Theism, Psalm 139, verses 4 and 16 state, "Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD...
While Open Theism is an explanation for the relationship between God's foreknowledge and human free will - it is not the Biblical explanation.
www.gotquestions.org /open-theism.html   (384 words)

 Open Theism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Proponents of Open Theism allow that their view is at odds with the great majority of the Christian tradition in rejecting both meticulous providence and divine foreknowledge of what will contingently occur.
Critics of Open Theism offer alternative interpretations of the passages frequently cited by Open Theists, and bring forward their own proof texts that the Biblical God is one whose sovereignty over creation includes exhaustive foreknowledge and ultimate control over each and every aspect of His creation.
An exposition of Open Theism in terms of the controlling metaphor of God as love that treats in turn: the Scriptural foundations for Open Theism, the development of traditional Christianity influenced by Hellenic philosophy, the philosophical case for Open Theism, and Open Theism’s adequacy to the practical demands of living one’s faith.
www.iep.utm.edu /o/o-theism.htm   (7554 words)

 Why Theism vs Atheism Debates are Futile
I suggest that the underlying premises in Theism versus Atheism debates are whether or not nature's laws of the universe are 1) supernaturally malleable or are 2) immutably structured.
Theism assumes the former (alterable laws) while Atheism assumes the later (unalterable laws).
Theism could selectively claim that particularly convincing scientific discoveries are merely exposing God's mechanisms of creation which have been designed into the universe.
www.proaxis.com /~randau2/singles/atheism.htm   (1741 words)

 Jain Theism
Theism, as we have seen, basically means belief in God, and where God is believed.
Theism and even the place of God in it, is a logical pursuit in the Western Theology - God is proved and then accepted.
Moreover, we find in all traditional theism ther is devotion and the expression of devotion is through prayers, rites and rituals as well as faithful obedience towards the scriptural commandments.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Jainism/jain_theism.htm   (4539 words)

Theism is a philosophically or theologically reasoned understanding of reality that affirms that the source and continuing ground of all things is in God; that the meaning and fulfillment of all things lie in their relation to God; and that God intends to realize that meaning and fulfillment.
W W Fenn, Theism: The Implication of Experience (1969); J Hall, Knowledge, Belief, and Transcendence; Philosophical Problems in Religion (1975); L E Mascall, He Who Is: A Study in Traditional Theism (1966); C H Monson, ed., Great Issues Concerning Theism (1965).
"Theism" is often used as the opposite of "atheism," the term for denial of the existence of God, and distinguishes a theist from an atheist or agnostic without attempting any technical philosophical or theological connection.
mb-soft.com /believe/text/theism.htm   (2118 words)

 Theism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Theism, religious belief in one Supreme Being who is the source and sustainer of the universe and at the same time is distinguished from it.
God (quotations): God: Theism is so confused and the sentences in which…
Theism is so confused and the sentences in which 'God' appears so incoherent and so incapable of verification or falsification that to speak of...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Theism.html   (145 words)

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The Design argument is not drawn from mere resemblances in Nature to the works of human intelligence, but from the special character of those resemblances.
This essay presents a concise formulation of the problem from evil and argues that theists have failed to provide a satisfactory answer to it.
This is an important distinction, for he does not show the strength of the atheistic hypothesis.
www.lycos.com /info/theism--arguments.html   (338 words)

 Why open theism is not merely an academic debate - (BP)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The problem of evil and suffering is a personal, practical issue for many of the leading advocates of open theism because of their personal, existential suffering.
In contrast to open theism's lack of a divine plan, Christians throughout history received comfort from the realization that their suffering served an important purpose for their good.
The assault on the biblical, historic doctrine of God found in tenets of open theism is one that must be opposed by all believers -- inspired by the model of the Bereans -- who know that our future hope is found only in a God who holds the future.
www.bpnews.net /bpnews.asp?ID=16267   (1069 words)

Theism is the belief in a god or gods.
Classical theism affirms the existence of one god, and ascribes to this god certain attributes, e.g.
Theism, against each of the views described above, affirms both the existence of a transcendent God and that that God is involved in Creation.
www.theism.info   (531 words)

 THEISM VS ATHEISM - Associated Content
Theism is belief in the existence of God with or without a belief in a special revelation.
Theism has promises of better life for mankind after death.Theism thrives on poverty and hope.
Jim Stillman: Both theism and atheism rely on pure faith, since there can never be pure scientific evidence of God or His non-existence.
www.associatedcontent.com /article/90502/theism_vs_atheism.html   (567 words)

 Amazon.ca: No Other God: A Response to Open Theism: Books: John M. Frame   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This contribution to the open theism debate, while not perfect, is a solid attempt to take on open theism on a variety of fronts.
Frame is outstanding in comparing the stated principles of open theism with the actual exegesis (to the extent that it can be called that) that actually violates their stated principles.
He tends to be relentless not only in dismantling the legitimacy of libertarianism which is the lone guiding principle of the open theist program, but is also relentless in exposing the works of open theists as being AWOL when it comes to dealing with numerous biblical texts that militate against their system.
www.amazon.ca /No-Other-God-Response-Theism/dp/0875521851   (2326 words)

 Challies Dot Com: Open Theism Archives
Miracles and the Peculiarities of Human Psychology (11.01.05) "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined" (David Hume).
Challenges to the Church - Open Theism (06.27.05) This is the first in a series of articles that will examine various doctrinal and societal challenges the evangelical church must face early in the 21st Century.
Put simply, open theism is a doctrine that teaches that God does not fully know the future, for he cannot see what humans will do with the free will He gives them.
www.challies.com /archives/cat_open_theism.php   (1240 words)

 Challies Dot Com: Challenges to the Church - Open Theism
Open theism is a relatively new doctrine that has only gained popular prominence since 1994 with the release of the book The Openness of God which was written by five evangelical scholars and edited by Clark Pinnock.
This has become one of the best-known defenses of open theism and is a story that is told often.
While open theism contradicts the understanding of God in every Judeo-Christian tradition, it is most completely at-odds with the Reformed understanding, which teaches the highest view of God's foreknowledge and sovereignty.
www.challies.com /archives/001109.php   (2838 words)

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