Polkinghorne's God

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Polkinghorne's god revealed during an interview for a UK radio programme named "Speaking of Faith" 10 March 2005. The following statements were made by John Polkinghorne, former Physics professor at Cambridge, leading theistic evolutionist, now Anglican clergyman and theologian at Liverpool Cathedral, as part of a discussion on creation and evolution.

Polkinghorne: I think we live in a world of true becoming, that's to say I don't think the future is fixed. I don't think God fixed it. I think God allows creatures to be themselves.

Interviewer: Does God know it?

Polkinghorne: If we live in a world of true becoming, so that we play our little parts in making the future and I believe God's providence plays a part in making the future, and also the laws of nature that God has ordained play a part in constraining the form of the future. If that's the sort of world that in which we live, then I think, actually, even God doesn't know the future.

Interview

Editorial Comment: Whichever "god" John Polkinghorne is referring to, it is not the Creator God of the Bible, Who does know the end from the beginning. Christian theologians have traditionally described God as being omnipotent (all powerful) and omniscient (all knowing) and Omni-present (all present, i.e. everywhere). Polkinghorne's evolver god is not powerful enough to make a complete universe, and now we find this god doesn't know what is going to happen to the universe he started. We suggest a new theological term for such a god: "omnignorant".

It also follows that such a god will be omni-impotent, and consequently omni-pleasent as he/it/she pleases everybody. We recommend you put your trust in the true Creator God - the Lord Jesus Christ who is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22:13) (Ref. origins, eschatology, apostasy)

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