Word is now public that theologian Clark Pinnock has Alzheimer's and that his theology writing days appear done.
Pinnock is perhaps the most well known proponent of open theology, which is not, as it has often been misinterpreted, process theology.
A wonderful summary of open theology is given by Thomas Jay Oord:
Open theology as Pinnock presents it depicts God as a self-sufficient, though relational, Trinitarian being. God graciously relates to the world as one self-limited out of respect for the genuine freedom of creatures. Creatures genuine influence God. God is transcendent and immanent, has changing and unchanging aspects, gives to and receives from others, is present to all things, and has supreme power. God’s love, says Pinnock, includes responsiveness, generosity, sensitivity, openness, and vulnerability.
Open theology rejects traditional theologies that portray God as an aloof monarch. Influential theologians of yesteryear often portrayed God as completely unchangeable, ultimately all determining, and irresistible. By contrast, Pinnock says the biblical vision presents a loving God who seeks relationship with free creatures. "The Christian life involves a genuine interaction between God and human beings," he says. "We respond to God’s gracious initiatives and God responds to our responses . . . and on it goes."
The future is not entirely settled, according to Open theology. This means that while God knows all possibilities, God does not know with certainty what free creatures will actually do until creatures act. Classic views of God's foreknowledge are incompatible with creaturely freedom, says Pinnock. "If choices are real and freedom significant," he argues, "future decisions cannot be exhaustively known."
Pinnock says of his current situation, "I want to inform you that I am now middle stage Alzheimer's. I will not be able to do my writing etc. I am 73 years now, and I've enjoyed my biblical three score and ten. I am not bitter. I have had a good life."
May God bless Clark Pinnock.
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HT: Michael Halcomb