Andrew Sandlin gets it. Finally. He recognizes that the conception of God workng in the majorities of western theology, whether Calvinistic or that of the Open Theists is the deity of Greek philosophy.
“I agree entirely with my friend Peter Leithart’s thoughtful renunciation of the typical liberal charge that the orthodox construction of the Trinity is a Hellenic profanation of primitive, Biblical Christianity. Peter is right that subordinationism, not Trinitarianism, is the profanation. I would add that the classical conception of God is flawed by the same factor. Pinnock, Nash et al. have shown beyond doubt that the ideas of an impassible, static, timeless deity are pagan (Hellenic) to the core.
Whoever this god is (and snatches of him are found no less in the Westminster Confession than in Rome), He is not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ — the God who covenants with His people, risks His love, changes His mind, gets mad, grieves over betrayal, sends lying spirits, tempts Satan to tempt His faithful ones, drowns nearly an entire race, calls things that are not as though they are.
Both Open Theism and classical (pagan) theology proper postulate a false god.”
Of course, the conception of “classical” theology isn’t “classical.” This is just intellectual imperialism. “Classical” means Latin Augustinianism. And I wouldn’t put that much academic weight on the shoulders of Pinnock and Nash. They themselves qua Open Theist and qua Calvinist are still stuck in the Platonic Matrix.
I’d argue that a correct patristic notion of divine impassibility doesn’t posit a static deity. Of course it won’t necessarily be the conception of the Scholastics or the Reformers. Sandlin isn’t fully self conscious about how far down the Hellenism goes since he left out also rejecting the Filioque, personalistic predestinarianism, union with Christ in terms of extrinsic relationships, etc. But hey, baby steps to Jesus.