How Omniscience does Not conflict with Open Theism

1659 – Henry More (1614-1687): More, an English theologian and philosopher apparently found open theism to be a viable option. At Cambridge More was elected to a fellowship at Christ’s College. In is work The Immortality of the Soul. London. (1659)  he wrote:

“Fifthly, that the Praescience of God is so vast and exceeding the comprehension of our thoughts, that all that can be safely said of it is this. That this knowledge is most perfect and exquisite, accurately representing the natures, Powers and Properties of the thing it does foreknow. Whence it must follow, that if there be any creature free and undeterminate, and that is such circumstances and at such a time he manay either act thus or not act thus, this perfect, Fore-knowledge must discern from all eternity, that the said Creature in such circumstances may either act thus or so or not. And further to declare the perfection of this Foreknowledge and Omniscience of God; as His omnipotence ought to extend so far, as to be able to doe whatsoever implies no contradiction to be done; so his Praescience and Omniscience ought to extend so far, as to know precisely and fully whatever implies no contradiction to be known.

To conclude therefore briefly, Free or Contingent Effects do either imply a contradiction to be foreknown, or they do not imply it.  If they imply a contradiction to be foreknown,,, they are no object of the Omniscience of God and therefore there can be no pretence that his foreknowledge does determinate them, nor can they be argued to be determined thereby. If they imply no contradiction to be foreknown, that is to acknowledge that Divine Praescience and they may very well consist together.  And so either way, notwithstanding the divine omniscience, the Actions of men may be free.”

The above quotation taken from Henry More. The Immortality of the Soul. Edited by A. Jacobs. Dordrect. Martin Nijhoff (1987).’

source: Tom Lukashow (theopenview).


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