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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344431
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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By DC De Villiers on October 7, 2006
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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!
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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).
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"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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When Dr. Bruce Ware's published God's Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Life in 2004, this was the second of two books dealing with Open Theism. His first was titled, God's Lesser Glory, which came out in 2001.

God's Greater Glory is a serviceable book providing a brief overview on the Doctrine of God and its related topics. Dr. Ware briefly addresses such perennially difficult questions such as the relationship between God's sovereignty and human freedom and the foreknowledge of God. He also includes an extended discussion on middle knowledge and compatibilist middle knowledge. The latter seems to be a formulation that is unique to Dr. Ware given his leanings toward a more Calvinistic approach to salvation.

If you're looking for something more stout and in-depth re: the Doctrine of God, then feel free to peruse some classic Systematic Theology texts by Francis Turretin, Herman Bavinck, Charles Hodge, and the like. For something more contemporary, there is Dr. John Frame's comprehensive work, The Doctrine of God. By the way, Dr. Ware references the latter quite extensively in the footnotes of God's Greater Glory. Lastly, this book explores highbrow topics without getting lost in the jargon. Dr. Ware's book is neither difficult nor a cakewalk, but somewhere in the middle in terms of readability. God's Greater Glory is worth a read.
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