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Happy New Year — Does Even God Know the Future?

Happy New Year! Does God know the future? Physicist, theologian, and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne thinks He might not. In the following short video excerpt of a longer interview for Closer to the Truth, Polkinghorne talks about the classical Christian view held by Augustine and Aquinas, and then offers his alternative point of view.

While we’re at it, why not listen to Polkinghorne define “time” for a different interview with Closer to the Truth? Here he also touches on theology and God’s knowledge of the future:


‘No one enters into the Kingdom of Heaven by fear’ or why I love Emil Brunner

“One scarcely hears a sermon any more about The Judgment. Perhaps in former times there was too much and too rash preaching on this subject, motivated by a desire to drive men into the Kingdom of Heaven by fear. No one enters into the Kingdom of Heaven by fear, and the man who tries to do God’s will out of fear simply does not do God’s will.” — Emil Brunner, in Our Faith 

Brunner was a Gifford Lecturer; more about that here.

Read Theopedia’s entry on Brunner here.

Is the Left Coast church-oriented?

The Barna Group pollsters have released their survey of the most important relationships in the lives of Americans.

One of the most interesting findings (to me) came in a section regarding social networks. Participants were asked to rank which groups, like church, the workplace, hobby clubs, etc., were most important to them.

“Unexpectedly, residents of the West were more likely to list their church group than any other group,” the survey’s press release said.

Note that word unexpectedly. I guess that means we all have certain expectations of the West, that we presuppose it is a liberal-leaning part of the U.S. After all, according to the survey, only 12 percent of self-identified political liberals said their most important relationship was with God, versus 33 percent of political conservatives. So church wouldn’t seem like a priority in those states.

The Baylor University student newspaper reported on the Barna survey and included some interesting comments from the school’s reputable theologians (like Roger Olson) and religion-department scholars; the article is available here.

The Barna survey results are available here.

-Colin Foote Burch