I'm more and more convinced God doesn't know the future – at least not the way we traditionally think he does. The idea of open theism is not a new one, but is certainly gaining a lot of theological ground. There are several deeply troubling aspects to the idea that God does know everything – not least of which is how his knowing (and the attendant inability to be wrong) doesn't therefore entail the outcomes prognosticated and therefore undermines the idea of a free universe.
ON the idea of God and evil, the author said, "I do not agonize over why God allows evil to occur" - which I agree is a very troubling question. However, I don't agree with the article's answer. It's letting God off the hook far too easily to say that he wound the world up, and is letting it wind down based on the "laws of physics" and the choices of man. Because this doesn't answer how any omnipotent, all-knowing God who is benevolent and just would allow or create the kinds of horrors and evils (both natural and moral) that exist. In other words, there is not an obvious way to reconcile the idea of a just and loving God with a creation rife with suffering, tragedy, horrific abuse and violence. Even the most hard-hearted of humanity might blanche at standing idly by in the face of the kinds of evil and suffering human history has been witness to. So how does a loving God? The traditional answers simply fall flat in the light of traditional Christian soteriology. There are, however, other answers.