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

Contemporary process thought originally set out to be a way of framing a unified concept of nature that does not undermine the only way we arrive at such a concept—through our experience of nature.* Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Hartshorne, John Dewey, William [...]

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Fr. Charles Allen’s Writings on Process Theology for Brent Hege’s God Course

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 [...]

By |2021-06-11T10:09:02+00:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Fr. Charles Allen’s Writings on Process Theology for Brent Hege’s God Course

Process Theism & Tillich’s Panentheism

Paul Tillich is a panentheist who seems to understand God (being-itself) and all others interactively: “To call God transcendent … does not mean that one must establish a ‘super world’ of divine objects. It does mean that, within itself, the finite world [...]

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Process Theism & Pantheism (Response to Richard Grigg)

[This is for a course where Richard Grigg’s book has been assigned.] According to Richard Grigg, pantheism “equates God directly with the whole of reality” [Beyond the God Delusion (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008), p. 68]. In its own way, so does process [...]

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Monotheistic Faith

Monotheistic faith must be sharply contrasted with all other, lesser types of faith. This is no modern invention. It follows from what emerged as the biblical identification of the one, unrivaled God. ("I am the One Who Is," or "I am the [...]

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The Resurrection of Jesus

The earliest testimonies to Jesus’ resurrection are exasperatingly divergent. (Almost all scholars agree that these are the earliest testimonies: 1 Corinthians 15, Mark 16:1-8, Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21.) Attempts to harmonize them inevitably look forced. But they display some common themes: [...]

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My 1990 Outline of Christian Faith

This is how I outlined my own understanding of Christian faith in 1990 as I was considering how I might teach a course in systematic theology. I stumbled across it recently while rummaging through some old files. It follows the example of [...]

By |2021-05-07T09:25:34+00:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on My 1990 Outline of Christian Faith

My Lifelong Faith Experience

Since early adolescence (maybe earlier), while asking all sorts of critical questions about what I have been told to believe, or not to believe, I have never been able seriously to deny what I take to be the ultimate goodness and presence of [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:51:18+00:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on My Lifelong Faith Experience

Grace & White Fragility

Here’s a passage on grace from a very famous sermon by Paul Tillich: Sometimes ... a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which [...]

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Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

You've been fairly warned by the title that I'm going to be saying something about God, and what I take to be shareable experiences of God. (Here are some noteworthy examples to which I’ll refer several times.) But first I'm going to [...]

By |2021-05-03T07:38:26+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Experience, the Immeasurable, & God