Clark Pinnock 1937-2010
I’ve had a few random clashes over the past few years with Open Theists. Â I pray that Clark Pinnock (who from many accounts was a really nice guy) was internally inconsistent with what he wrote and published.
Justin Taylor’s biography of him over at B2W mentions the following:
He then went on to teach at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1969-1974), Regent College in Vancouver (1974-1977), and McMaster Divinity School in Ontario (1977-2002). It was during his years at TEDS that he made the shift from Calvinism to Arminianism, as he was unable to reconcile the warning passages in Hebrews with his belief in â€œeternal security.â€ His move toward Arminianism, and then on to open theism, was one that â€œlogic requiredâ€ and â€œScripture permitted.â€
I’ve found that outside of a reformed paedobaptist position, the warning passages always trip people up (hence the two articles I wrote on the warning passages located here and here). Â I wish Dr. Pinnock had come to the same conclusions about them that I did. But that’s a discussion for another time.
Russell Moore also relates some interesting facts about Pinnock here:
In my home library, I have Pinnock’s monograph on the infallibility of scripture and have read it a few times.
I don’t really have too much to add that hasn’t been said. Â I often internally think “thank God for the folks who did teach solid theology” and in the earlier part of his career, Pinnock was one of those people. Â On the flip side, I also think internally “thank God for the heretics, as God uses them to help the church come to better clarity on the doctrines of the faith.” Â If Boyd, Pinnock, Hasker and others hadn’t promoted the doctrine of openness, it may have taken me a bit longer to dig into theology proper as I had to do in defense of the God of scripture. Â Isaiah 40-49 (thank you Bruce Ware!) is one of the greatest passages of scripture because of the high view of God that it presents. Â I’ve been blessed and blessed again to go through this passage.
Whatever one thinks of Clark Pinnock at this point, pray for his wife and family’s comfort during this time.