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God's Greater Glory: The Exalted God Of Scripture And The Christian Faith [Paperback]

By Bruce A. Ware (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581344430  
EAN  9781581344431  

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The providence of God is a doctrine Christians struggle to understand. Scripture affirms that God is sovereign, that he governs all the affairs of creation. Yet we, his creatures, make choices every day, and God holds us morally responsible for those choices. How can human freedom fit into the "purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will"? Bruce Ware explores this question in this book.

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Though in all things God's Word is the final authority, our Christian tradition, as inherited from centuries of careful reflection and endeavoring to be true to the teaching of Scripture, can greatly enlighten us. Nowhere is this blend of respectful listening to the wisdom of the past and faithfulness to the Bible more necessary than in our contemporary reformulations of the doctrine of God's person.

Bruce Ware believes that while tradition's emphasis on God's metaphysical perfection and His supremacy over the world is correct, we must refine our understanding of the way in which He relates to us. While retaining the deepest concerns of the historic tradition, Ware offers a more rational view of God's dealings with His children-a view that is reflected in Scripture's own testimony of Him. Ware then applies this concept of real divine exaltation and real divine-human relationship to the areas of our prayer life, confidence in God and His guidance of us.

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Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

John Starke is the pastor of preaching at Apostles Church in New York City, New York. He is the coeditor (with Bruce Ware) of One God in Three Persons. He is married to Jena and has three children.

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics--According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.

James M. Hamilton Jr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He is the author of God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment and the Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series.

Michael A. G. Haykin (ThD, University of Toronto) is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He has authored or edited more than twenty-five books, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church.

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

Michael Ovey is principal of Oak Hill Theological College. He has a PhD in Trinitarian theology from King's College, London.

Bruce A. Ware was born in 1953.

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A Stirring and Practical Treatment of God's Sovereignty  Feb 28, 2008
God's people throughout the centuries have struggled to understand the relationship between God's sovereignty and our human responsibility. Recently, some theologians have developed a theological framework most commonly referred to as "Open Theism," in order explain the apparent paradox that exists between the twin realities of God's divine rule and our human freedom. This framework was previously critiqued in an earlier book by Bruce Ware entitled, God's Lesser Glory, in which the title of the book foreshadowed Ware's conclusion of Open Theism: it is a theological framework where "God's glory is cheapened and diminished" (9). The view presented in the present volume ('God's Greater Glory'), is, according to Ware, a vision of God in which his glory is "honored and exalted" (9).

Whereas 'God's Lesser Glory' was written as a critique of Open Theism, 'God's Greater Glory' is written as a positive affirmation of God's sovereignty as revealed in Scripture. That is not to say that Ware refrains from critically assessing the tenants of Open Theism in this present volume - in certain places this is necessary - but instead of narrowing in on the negative elements of Open Theism primarily, Ware's main thrust of God's Greater Glory is to present a glorious, satisfying, historically faithful and Biblically consistent vision of the sovereign God of the Bible.

In my judgment, what brings spiritual power and persuasiveness to this book is Ware's passion for the vision of God he presents in God's Greater Glory. One of the most edifying portions of the book (that is a difficult distinction to make, to be sure!) is the preface where he explains why he has written this book. He is not driven by the desire to win an argument or feed personal ego - the stakes are infinitely higher than that. Ware writes, "If we are to escape the cult of self and find, instead, the true meaning of life and the path of true satisfaction, if we are to give God the glory rightly and exclusively owed to him...we must behold God for who he is" (9).

Ware is far from a cool, dispassionate, detached academician. His rigorous interaction with the subject matter is coupled throughout with heart-felt adoration of the sovereign God of Scripture. The reader is given a taste of the practical implications that Ware's vision will have on personal worship on page 158: "...worship happens only when we are granted eyes to behold God's magnificence, and splendor, and glory and majesty. This is a seeing with deep and abiding longing, a seeing that savors, eliciting a savoring that satisfies." Ware is passionately and personally engaged with the issue of God's sovereignty and thus his work is both accessible and beneficial for all of God's people, scholar and layperson alike.

Another notable strength is Ware's treatment of practical issues directly impacted by a study of God's sovereignty: suffering, prayer and service. Ware's discussion of suffering is especially clear, balanced, biblically saturated, and deeply encouraging. Yet, although Ware approaches and seeks to understand the issue of suffering in light Scripture, he does not attempt to speak where God has not spoken.

Perhaps one of the most important sentences in the book is Ware's observation that our lives are often marked by befuddlement. He writes, "How much of life, our life, is like this: we simply don't know. In our experiences of suffering and affliction, we are often in the position of Job was in, where we don't even know that we don't know, and we certainly don't know what the bigger picture is that would explain and make sense of our confusion and bewilderment" (163).

At the same time, however, and as we see in the life of Job, it is through the crucible of suffering that our beliefs about God's Providence are brought to the surface of our lives. A sincere and engaged reading and embracing of what Ware writes in this section will enable us, I believe, to respond to trials with the posture of Job, saying, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed by the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).

Needless to say, I have profited tremendously from Ware's heart-felt and theologically rigorous treatment of the age-old questions relating to God's providence over all creation. I commend this book to you for your growth and edification, and I pray that God would enable us to live in light of these glorious truths.
God Is Sovereign And All-Sufficient  Sep 22, 2007
Bruce Ware, as a Baptist professor, knows his stuff. His contribution to God's sovereignty must rank as one of the outstanding works of Christian literature. His doxological style made me move in unison to and thankfulness for the goodness of our great God.

His proposal towards Molinism middl-knowledge is insightful, but as I understand it, not in agreement with the divines of Westminster.

The Westminster Confession states:

'Although God knows what may or can come to pass, upon all supposed (contingent) conditions, yet He hath not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.' 3.2

This is a very complicated subject, and is best left to those who are qualified to dissect these matters. But a God-fearing man has brought us re-assurance in today's milieu of terrorism and chemical warfare. God is still sovereign.

'How grateful we should be for the service God calls us to, and for the lavish generosity of God's heart that shares so bountifully with us...but as participants, while we are invited to enter fully in the joy of the work, we are simply not permitted to share the glory.'
The Great God of the Christian Faith  Oct 7, 2006
The first thing I want to say is WOW! This is an amazing book. Dr. Bruce Ware is a fine author and great Bible teacher. To be quite honest, I struggled reading this book at first. It is a very difficult subject and one usually reserved for discussions between scholars and theologians. This book is not intended for the layperson. Although this book will be very difficult for the average church goer, I want to encourage you to make an effort. It will be tough at first, but once you grasp the subject matter...boom! This book is a true joy giver. Dr. Bruce shows from Scripture that God is in complete control of all spectrums of life. In explaining how God can be sovereign over evil and still not be responsible for it, Dr. Ware makes a good and very convincing case, both philosphically and Biblically, for what he calls "compatabilist middle-knowledge." It definately has me convinced. This book definately lives up to its title. The Christian God of Scripture is awesome!
Outstanding Work!  Jan 15, 2006
In God's Greater Glory, Ware critically assesses God's relationship with his created world. Particularly attention is given to God's interaction with free creatures that He created with volitional capability. Ware presents a coherent analysis of divine providence and sovereignty in relation to human freedom. Ware sees God's sovereignty as both exhaustive and meticulous over all things.

Prof. Ware defines divine providence as "God's providential dealings with human creation" (17). The author sees this particular concept," divine providence" as both 'providence and preservation' and 'providence and governance'(Ibid). Ware's long and classic definition of divine providence, is therefore articulated as " God continually oversees and directs all things pertaining to the created order in such a way that 1) he preserves in existence and provides for the creation he has brought into being, and (2) he governs and reigns supremely over the entirety of the whole creation in order to fulfill of his intended purposes in it and through it" (Ibid).

Ware's definition assumes two crucial elements. First, God's continual maintenance of his created order. Second, God's absolute control over all things in the universe. In other words, He perceives God as Creator and Preserver of all of his creation. Hence, God is a relational deity; whereby he pursues relationship with his creatures and He is consistently doing so.

The book is divided into two equal parts including an appendix. Ware gives ten lengthy chapters to defend his thesis. Part I deals with historical, hermeneutical and theological issues pertaining to God's interaction with the world. Part II focuses largely on practical issues, consistent with the Christian life (in view of God's providence and sovereignty). The book stands bodly in defense of the traditional view of divine providence. Throughout the book, the author interacts with the writings of theologians from different angles such as Jacob Arminius, John Wesley, Gregory A. Boyd, John Sanders, William Lane Craig, and John Calvin. In other words theological positions as defined as Arminianism, Open Theism, Process theology, Molinism and Calvinism.

Ware has dealt with the subject of "divine sovereignty and human freedom" with faithfulness and integrity. God's greater Glory opens a new window for Christians to behold the beauty of God, to see him more fully and adore him more dearly.
Professor of Theology  May 11, 2005
"Open theism" is a theological issue that has challenged the idea that God knows the future. In a former book to which this is a sequel, God's Lesser Glory, the author, professor of systematic theology and senior associate dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, argued that a denial of God's foreknowledge belittles him. This volume continues the discussion. The first of its two parts consists of four chapters and is entitled "Foundational Theological Bases for Divine Providence." The second, consisting of three chapters, has as its title "Practical Christian Relevance of Divine Providence." An introduction, conclusion, and appendix on "Defining Evangelicalism's Boundaries Theologically: Is Open Theism Evangelical?" round out the book's content. If you have people in your church who like to think deeply about questions like God's sovereignty and human free will, this book might be for your library. But the author places his "cookies" on the very top shelf so that even the tallest reader will have to stretch to reach them. This would, then, be an excellent book for a graduate or seminary course, but it will be far too difficult for the average church member.

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