In this book review, Dr. John Peckham offers a comprehensive canonical interpretation of divine love in dialogue with, and at times in contrast to, both classical and process theism. God's love, he argues, is freely willed, evaluative, emotional and reciprocal, given before but not without conditions. According to Peckham's reading of Scripture, the God who loves the world is both perfect and passible, both self-sufficient and desirous of reciprocal relationships with each person, so that "whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
After completing the videos and learning activities and taking short multiple-choice quizzes, you’ll earn 0.5 continuing education units and a training certificate in your Adventist Learning Community ePortfolio.
By the end of this course, you will be able to apply new Biblical understanding of God’s character, and you will be able to answer several complex questions; Does God choose to love, or does God love necessarily? Is God's love emotional? Does the love of God include desire or enjoyment? Is God's love conditional? ‘The Love of God’ offers a comprehensive canonical interpretation of Divine love from a fresh, readable perspective.
John C. Peckham (PhD, Andrews University) is associate professor of theology and Christian philosophy at the Theological Seminary of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He is the author of The Concept of Divine Love in the Context of the God-World Relationship and has published articles on issues of systematic theology and canon in journals such as Trinity Journal, Philosophia Christi, Andrews University Seminary Studies and Themelios.