Battle Royale X: Is the Future Settled or Open? Book or PDF

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Bob Enyart, pastor of Denver Bible Church, debates Professor SamLamerson of D. James Kennedy's Knox Theological Seminar in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida. (TOL) hosted a debate on Openness because of the popularity of the issue, and because of the centrality of the matter. The Open View holds that the future is not settled, but open, and therefore unknowable. The Settled View is a convenient name for the divergent theological positions that agree in their opposition to the Open View. Most Christians, regardless of their stand on predestination and free will, believe that the future is exhaustively foreknown and settled, and therefore not open.

TOL has become one of the more popular web sites for discussing the Bible,evangelizing unbelievers, and debating creation, morality, current events, and theology. Founded by elders of Colorado’s Denver BibleChurch, over the years, thousands of TOL members have posted millions ofquestions and comments, and thousands more people read the boards (the forums, discussion threads, and Battle Royales). So, we expect that during the debate and for years to come, a significant audience will read and evaluate Battle Royale X on Openness Theology.

Samuel Lamerson, Ph.D.
Bob Jones University, B.A.; Knox Theological Seminary, M.Div.,Magna Cum Laude; Trinity International University, Ph.D.

As a Knox graduate, Professor Lamerson is uniquely qualified to share first-hand experiences with students. Additionally, he brings with him16 years of pastoral experience ranging from senior pastor to director of children's ministries. Prior to coming to Knox, Professor Lamerson previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

As a member of several scholarly societies, he is a frequent lecturer and has presented papers on various topics including the parables,contextualization of the Gospel, and ethics. His areas of special interest include the synoptic Gospels, the historical Jesus, forgiveness in Second-Temple Judaism, and the parables.


  • English Grammar to Ace New Testament Greek. Zondervan, 2004.
  • "The Openness of God and the Historical Jesus" presented to the annual meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2001.
  • "Excommunication" in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible; "En-Dor" in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible.
  • "The Relationship Between Eschatology and the Ethics in the Gospel of Matthew" presented to the annual meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999.
  • "Evangelicals and the Quest for the Historical Jesus," in Currents in Research: Biblical Studies, Fall 2002.
  • Reviews in such noted publications as The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Journal of Biblical Literature and Trinity Journal.
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