Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


TH5/729 – Thank Goodness, God is NOT in Control!

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Open and Relational theologies come in many forms. They provide winsome resources for answering the biggest questions of our lives. They share an emphasis upon God’s love and relationality and a rethinking of classical views of omnipotence.

Beginning with the core of open and relational thinking, this course explores a variety of subjects subsumed under the broad category of “providence.” At the center of discussion are ideas articulated in the new book, God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Evil, and Abuse. 

Using everyday language that rests upon a rich theological reservoir, the ideas in this course solve the problem of evil, argue that our lives ultimately matter, and lay out grounds for genuine hope.


Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.


Class Times: July 8-12th, 2019:  9am – 12pm

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