Karen Armstrong’s Case for God

I am amazed at the breadth of scholarship that went into Karen Armstrong’s The Case for God (New York: Anchor Books, 2009). Yes, it’s scholarship with an agenda, but is there any such thing as scholarship without an agenda of some sort? [...]

By |2021-09-21T06:21:24+00:00September 18th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Karen Armstrong’s Case for God

Process Theism & Liberation Theologies

Liberation theologians make people like me uncomfortably aware of privileges we didn’t know we had. Their challenges, if heard, provoke all of us to realize how deeply our social location influences the conclusions we draw, especially when it comes to all-encompassing questions [...]

By |2021-09-14T14:09:48+00:00August 29th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Theism & Liberation Theologies

Eric Reitan’s “Ethico-Religious Hope” & Process Theism

Eric Reitan’s Is God a Delusion?* does not even mention process theism or process theology. Nor does it mention any influential contemporary theologians like Paul Tillich or Sallie McFague or Jurgen Moltmann or Karl Rahner. And you will find no discussion of [...]

By |2021-08-10T10:09:21+00:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Eric Reitan’s “Ethico-Religious Hope” & Process Theism

Process Theism’s “Immanent Critique” of Martin Hagglund’s Atheism

[Unless otherwise indicated, page numbers are from Martin Hagglund, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (New York: Pantheon Books, 2019)] Hagglund: “an immanent critique of religion must transform the assumed meaning of God and show that the divine cannot be anything [...]

By |2021-07-25T09:57:26+00:00July 10th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Theism’s “Immanent Critique” of Martin Hagglund’s Atheism

A Funeral Homily from a Process Perspective

This is excerpted from a funeral homily that I actually did preach. I have taken out names and pronouns and any other personal references that might identify the person or the family. References to the funeral service are to my own Episcopal [...]

By |2021-08-23T08:18:26+00:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on A Funeral Homily from a Process Perspective

Differing Versions of One Another: The Common Source of Moral and Theistic Devotion

When you address me as "you" and speak of yourself as "I," and when I  address you as "you" and speak of myself as "I," only then do I begin to glimpse the fundamental and immeasurable import to being an "I" or [...]

By |2021-07-20T07:50:45+00:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Differing Versions of One Another: The Common Source of Moral and Theistic Devotion

On NOT Domesticating Transcendence in Process Theism

Process theists have been accused of domesticating transcendence. In fact, that’s the charge of a very instructive work by William C. Placher, The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking about God Went Wrong (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996): “God is not [...]

By |2021-09-03T09:10:53+00:00July 2nd, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on On NOT Domesticating Transcendence in Process Theism

Process Thought’s Reframing of How We Think of Absolutes

Process thinkers reframe experience in ways that emphasize relational, flowing distinctions over absolute, fixed divisions. This need not imply relativism, however. In fact, many process thinkers insist that there are still statements, principles, etc., that are true always and everywhere, and if [...]

By |2021-06-30T08:02:40+00:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Thought’s Reframing of How We Think of Absolutes

Sallie McFague’s Metaphorical Process Theism

Most people who know Sallie McFague’s work don’t immediately think of her as a process theist. They think of her as a feminist theologian, an ecotheologian, or a metaphorical theologian, and she is of course all of these. I would say that [...]

By |2021-06-26T12:34:52+00:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Sallie McFague’s Metaphorical Process Theism