Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Review of Thomas Jay Oord’s “The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence


In this book Dr. Oord confronts the issues of good and evil in the context of a Christian’s faith in God.  He deals seriously with these ancient questions without discounting honest, scientific observations about the randomness of reality.  With precision and clarity, he addresses difficult and perplexing philosophical and theological concepts.  Dr. Oord has written in other books on the topic of God’s love.  Building on these prior works, he presents an accessible yet scholarly model for conceptualizing how God interacts with human lives and the physical world which he calls “essential kenosis”.  While his approach is not traditional, it honors faith and interprets the traditions of scripture.  I strongly recommend this most recent book by Dr. Oord along with his prior works.  Thank you, Dr. Oord for providing a digital, advanced copy of your book.