The Death of Omnipotence and Birth of Amipotence


Omnipotence is dead.

At least it should be. It has no biblical support. And it dies a death of a thousand qualifications in philosophy.

Those harmed and hurting wonder why an omnipotent God doesn’t prevent pointless pain. If God is all-powerful, God can stop evil. And yet evil occurs. The problem of evil buries omnipotence six feet under.

But the death of omnipotence is not the death of God.

In this ground-breaking book, best-selling and award-winning author Thomas Jay Oord explains why omnipotence should be rejected. But Oord offers a replacement: amipotence, the power of uncontrolling love.

If we think love shapes and guides God’s power, we make better sense of life. And better sense of the Bible. Amipotence explains why God doesn’t prevent genuine evil and overcomes other obstacles to belief. An amipotent Spirit empowers all that is loving, true, beautiful, and good.

No book makes a bolder but more needed argument for why God is not all-powerful. In this book, those who care about love, scripture, and logic find what they’ve been looking for.


“Omnipotence has long been considered a basic, non-negotiable, characteristic of God. But is it biblical? And does it push us toward theological landmines that blow up faith? In this book, Oord, with his typical gentle candor, lays out the complex issues in clear and readable chunks. In the end, Oord points to the beauty and comfort of a God who is uncontrolling love.” Peter Ennsprofessor of biblical studies at Eastern University, author of Curveball

“Thomas Jay Oord challenges one of the most fundamental attributes of God—omnipotence. He discloses that a narrow view of God as ‘Almighty’ is neither biblical nor adequately describes the God of Jesus Christ. Oord offers a new view of God as ‘amipotent.’ The power of God is the power of love, and the power of unconditional love is our strength. Oord has made an important contribution to restoring the biblical God, a God who is ever faithful in love, not a power over us but the power beneath our wings.” Ilia Delio, OSF, Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology, Villanova University

“Omnipotence is widely believed to be one of the most important attributes of God. In this book, Thomas Jay Oord proposes a highly original and thought-provoking thesis: instead of omnipotent, God should be considered ‘amipotent.’ This is an important book which can radically change the way we approach central problems in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology.” Yujin Nagasawa, H. G. Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham

“Finally God’s love has been saved from God’s control—faithfully, definitively, attractively! In this vibrantly accessible work, Thomas Jay Oord puts to rest the demoralizing, incoherent, and by the way nonbiblical notion of controlling omnipotence, used to justify endless injustice. In its stead, he unleashes ‘amipotence’— code for the power of love. Its time has come: preach it, teach it, live it!” – Catherine Keller, Drew Theological School, and Author of Political Theology of Love

“This book provides a provocative argument that cannot be easily dismissed. This is the kind of nuance that contemporary debates over models of God need to consider.” – R.T. Mullins, Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of Lucerne


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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