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Beyond the Bounds: Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity Copyright © 2003 by John Piper, Justin Taylor, and Paul Kjoss Helseth Published by Crossway Books a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers 1300 Crescent Street Wheaton, Illinois 60187 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, except as provided by USA copyright law. Cover design: David LaPlaca First printing 2003

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Beyond the bounds : open theism and the undermining of biblical Christianity / edited by John Piper, Justin Taylor, and Paul Kjoss Helseth. p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 13: 978-1-58134-462-2 (TPB : alk. paper) ISBN 10: 1-58134-462-7

1. God—Omniscience. 2. Free will and determinism—Religious aspects—Christianity. I. Piper, John, 1946- . II.Taylor, Justin, 1976- . III. Helseth, Paul Kjoss, 1962- . BT131 .B49 2003

231—dc21 2002155192

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