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The Death of Omnipotence and The Birth of Amipotence

May 02, 20231 min read

Omnipotence is dead."
At least it should be. It has no biblical support. And it dies a death of a thousand qualifications in philosophy." Thomas Jay Oord

Introduction: Can God Decide to Stop Giving Life? At the conclusion of The Death of Omnipotence and Birth of Amipotence, I, Thomas Jay Oord, address the question. It comes when I discuss amipotence, which is the power of God's uncontrolling love.Amipotence says that life is a divine gift, but it’s a gift God necessarily gives. An amipotent God, among whose attributes love comes first, must give freedom, agency, self-organization, and integrity to all creation, depending on their complexity. God cannot fail to provide, withdraw, or override the gifts given. God loves necessarily.

    The Spirit gives gifts not because some outside force, law, or factor forces this giving. God gives gifts because love gives gifts. Because God’s eternal and immutable nature is self-giving and others-empowering love, the Spirit must give integrity, self-organization, agency, and freedom to creatures and creation.

     This drastically changes how believers think about divine power. 

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The Death of Omniptioence

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Thomas Jay Oord

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is an award-winning author or editor of more than thirty books and an award-winning professor. Oord directs the Northwind Theological Seminary doctoral program in Open and Relational Theology and the Center for Open and Relational Theology. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, issues in science and religion, and freedom for transformation. He has been president of several scholarly societies and lectures at institutions, events, and churches around the globe. Oord blogs frequently at his website:

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