Faith Is Not Believing Without Questioning

“An opinion hath spread it selfe verie farre in the world, as if the waye to be ripe in faith, were to be rawe in wit and judgement; as if reason were an enimie unto religion … [But] ‘Judge you of that [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:45:51+00:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Faith Is Not Believing Without Questioning

Questions from a Friendly Skeptic

     Most of these are questions sent to me several years ago by a friend who was just getting to know me (I think they were recycled from a new atheist website.) He was and is an atheist who had once been [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:45:07+00:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Questions from a Friendly Skeptic

Faith, Doubt and Reason

Every year a good number of first year students at Butler University choose to enroll in a two-semester core course called "Faith, Doubt and Reason." And every year I get interviewed by students who are writing their final papers for the first [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:57+00:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Faith, Doubt and Reason

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

For me, to believe in God is to awaken to reality as such as at once intimately all-enlivening, all-sustaining and all-embracing. The common reality within which I ultimately live, and to which I awaken, enlivens not just me but all things, sustains [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:39+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on God: All-Enlivening, All-Sustaining, All-Embracing, Not All-Controlling

Process Mindfulness

Be mindful of yourself, not as a fixed thing but as a way of newly interacting (very recurrent, very inclusive, but still a way of newly interacting).Likewise, be mindful of others, all others, whether like or unlike you, not as fixed things [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:29+00:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Process Mindfulness

Experiences of God?

Here are some examples of how people have spoken of their experience of God in similar terms through the ages, though they don't all say exactly the same thing. I've also included Sam Harris's account of meditation, because he sounds a lot [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:19+00:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Experiences of God?

From Experience* to Process Thought to Process Theism

First, experience:In every experience a) you experience yourself; b) you experience others, some occasionally very like you, most others not so much; c) and if you pay enough attention you experience all as newly interacting in various ways.Now to process thought: Most of [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:09+00:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on From Experience* to Process Thought to Process Theism

Self, Others and Our Continually Differing Inclusion: A Philosophically Contemplative Theism

(This is a simplified version of process theism, but it's also a bit Tillichian, a bit Hegelian, a bit Patristic, a bit Radically Orthodox, a bit postmodern, all at once.) I experience myself and others within our continually differing inclusion.* This experience, [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:01+00:00October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Self, Others and Our Continually Differing Inclusion: A Philosophically Contemplative Theism

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

[This was a sort of position paper drafted to assist a student interviewing me for his "Philosophy of Mind" course.] "What I am essentially protesting against is the bifurcation of nature ... into two divisions, namely into the nature apprehended in awareness and [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:43:50+00:00September 24th, 2017|Categories: Theology|Comments Off on Interactive Nondualism: Process Thought’s Reframing of the Physical/Mental Binary