John Sanders, Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1998, 6×9″ softbound, 367 pages. ISBN: 0830815015
If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, can he in any way be vulnerable to his creation?
Can God be in control of anything at all if he is not constantly in control of everything?
John Sanders says yes to both of these questions. In The God Who Risks defends his answer with a careful and challenging argument.
He first builds his case on an in-depth reading of the Old and New Testaments. Then Sanders probes philosophical, historical and systematic theology for further support. And he completes his defense with considerations drawn from practical theology.
The God Who Risks is a profound and often inspiring presentation of “relational theism”–an understanding of providence in which “a personal God enters into genuine give-and-take relations with his creatures.” With this book Sanders not only contributes to serious theological discussion but also enlightens pastors and laypersons who struggle with questions about suffering, evil and human free will.
This book considers God as divine risk-taker; presents an inspiring and informed model of “relational theism”; offers an in-depth reading of relevant Old and New Testament texts draws on biblical, philosophical, historical, systematic and practical theology; contributes to ongoing scholarly discussion of free will and divine sovereignty; and addresses practical implications for questions of suffering and evil.