Peckham v. Oord: When You Lose All Biblical Balance

I am working hard to find the proper way to describe this interaction. I listened to most of it this morning, not because I really have time to, but because I had to clean up/organize my DropBox folder, which had become a total mess, and that takes a little while. Let me just say that the Scriptures simply had no place in this discussion. That is not to say that every discussion has to be exegetical in nature. When Doug Wilson and I discussed Trinitarian issues in relationship to egalitarianism, etc., we were not doing a lot of specific exegesis. There is a place for such discussions. But when you have one of these two theologians repeatedly saying “God cannot do that” and “there is no place in Scripture where God ever acts alone (Isa 44:24 anyone?), one is truly left listening to personal opinions of tiny creatures rather than any kind of meaningful discussion based upon the highest view of Scripture as divine self-revelation. So if you want to see what you are left with when you wander off into the philosophical wasteland of “viewing the Bible in a much different way than Jesus did,” this is a program for you. Do I need to even point out that 1) there isn’t a shred of basis for thinking any prophet or apostle ever viewed God like these men do, or 2) their views are utterly incapable of grounding any kind of apologetics whatsoever? I hope not. Educational, to be sure, in the sense that learning about process theology (one of the two is very close to that viewpoint) in seminary was educational. But as my professor (who was light years to my left) pointed out in even describing process theology, “Of course, the main objection to this viewpoint, fascinating as it is, is that the god of process theology bears very little resemblance to the God of the Bible.” Exactly.

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