Ever since I was in college, how I think about God, and how I at least allegedly experience God, has been deeply informed by process philosophy and theology. (My first exposure was through a book I was reading in a course on science and religion—Ian G. Barbour’s Myths, Models, and Paradigms. It’s now available online, and I still commend it.) The two most influential process thinkers in the twentieth century were Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne. Many process theologians take one or the other of these thinkers as the final word on the subject and try to force their theologies into their terminology (which especially in Whitehead’s case can be obscure and forbidding to the novice). I recommend reading them. But process thought is a much broader movement than the works of either Whitehead or Hartshorne, as you can see from the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article. So in the following blog entries I’m not following anybody else’s terminology exactly, and even my own terminology shifts sometimes (also compare here, here and here), as I keep looking for more direct ways to communicate a way of seeing things that, while odd at first, doesn’t have to be forbiddingly complicated.

Note, however, while my lifelong faith experience has been deeply informed by process thinking, it did not and does not start or end there. So I recommend reading this post first:

Naming What Keeps Me Going

Process Theism from Several Angles

God in Process

An Uncontainable World: An Alternative Portrayal of Process Thought & Process Theism

God: All-Enlivening, All-Sustaining, All-Embracing—Not All-Controlling

Responses to Other Readings

Is God a Delusion? (Response to Richard Dawkins)

Process Theism & Tillich’s Panentheism

Process Theism & Pantheism (Response to Richard Grigg)

Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

Process Theism & Deconstruction

Other Tangential Topics for the Curious

What’s the Evidence for Process Theism?

Interactive Nondualism: Process Thought’s Reframing of the Physical/Mental Binary

Process Thought’s Reframing of How We Think of Freedom & Determinism

Process Thought’s Reframing of Spacetime

Process Theism & Slavoj Zizek’s Dialectical Materialism