Clark Pinnock: Rest in Peace

While I was studying at McMaster Divinity College, I had the privilege of studying theology under Clark Pinnock.  For many people, Clark is synonymous with controversy, as he often pushed the boundaries.  But for those who knew Clark, he was much more than that.  Clark obviously had a great love for Jesus and he would be one of the most passionate worshippers in our chapel services.  Clark was humble.  He did not announce the new way of doing things and expect everyone to just accept it.  He would put out a new theory and listen to how the students responded, often writing down their comments and concerns.  Even in the controversial open theism issue, he would not just include his own books but a text by Norman Geisler so that we could have the other side.

I just discovered that Clark passed away yesterday.  He will be missed.  Whether one agreed with him or not, Clark was a brilliant and devoted follower of Jesus Christ.  I would like to conclude with words from one of Clark’s apologetics works called Reason Enough:

“The issues at stake are important not only for life in this world but also, I believe, for life beyond death.  They are momentous enough to demand and deserve careful thought and consideration by all of us.  So let us think about believing together, and let me share why I think there is reason enough to put our trust in Christ.”

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