“The motif that celebrates Gods control and foreknowledge of a partially settled future is complemented by an equally strong motif that celebrates God’s wise and creative responsiveness to a partly open future.” “Which of the following three chess masters would you admire most? The first chess master is confident of victory in a given match because she is playing a computer that she personally programmed. She foreknows every move her ‘opponent’ will make because she programmed its moves. The second chess master is confident of victory because she too is playing a computer. While she didn’t personally program this computer, she possesses a manual with exhaustive information of exactly how the computer will respond during this match. A third chess master is confident of victory even though she is playing a real person, not a computer. Though she cannot be certain of how her opponent will move, for her opponent is a free agent, she is also certain she can wisely out-maneuver him. This chess master does not foreknow exactly what moves her opponent will make, but she perfectly anticipates all the moves her opponent might make. And on the basis of this superior intelligence, she is confident of victory.” “But for a God of infinite intelligence, there is virtually no advantage in anticipating settled story lines versus possible story lines.”
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