He has informed people he is in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s. In a personal note to friends he wrote:
I want to inform you that I am now middle stage Alzheimer’s. I will not be able to do my writing etc. I am 73 years now, and I’ve enjoyed my biblical three score and ten. I am not bitter. I have had a good life. I’ll meet you over Jordan if not before.
You are free to make this news known.
Pinnock is a theological giant who has contributed much to Christian Theology. In particular, he contributed to the development of Open Theism or the Openness of God theology, which he considered most faithful to Scripture.
Open theology rejects traditional theologies that portray God as an aloof monarch. Influential theologians of yesteryear often portrayed God as completely unchangeable, ultimately all determining, and irresistible. By contrast, Pinnock says the biblical vision presents a loving God who seeks relationship with free creatures. “The Christian life involves a genuine interaction between God and human beings,” he says. “We respond to God’s gracious initiatives and God responds to our responses . . . and on it goes.”
The future is not entirely settled, according to Open theology. This means that while God knows all possibilities, God does not know with certainty what free creatures will actually do until creatures act. Classic views of God’s foreknowledge are incompatible with creaturely freedom, says Pinnock. “If choices are real and freedom significant,” he argues, “future decisions cannot be exhaustively known.”
Open theology does affirm that God is all knowing. God knows all things knowable. Believers should not understand divine omniscience as the idea God possesses exhaustive foreknowledge of all future events, says Pinnock. After all, future possible events are not yet actual.
So sad to hear of this – Alzheimer’s is such a hard and difficult sickness for both the one who has it and for family and caregivers. Usually one of two things tends to happen: either the person gets violent because they do not know what is going on or they become totally incapacitated. So it is sad to hear of this happening to someone of Pinnock’s stature.