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 a [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:15:05+00:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|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: Theological Musings|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 |2019-05-24T10:10:29+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|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 [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:08:29+00:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|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: Theological Musings|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 countless 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 [...]

By |2019-07-29T13:03:37+00:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|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: Theological Musings|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 [...]

By |2019-05-24T09:59:45+00:00September 24th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Interactive Nondualism: Process Thought’s Reframing of the Physical/Mental Binary

What’s the Evidence for Process Theism?

"Worship is a consciously unitary response to life. It lifts to the level of explicit awareness the integrity of an individual responding to reality.  … [In theistic worship] the conscious wholeness of the individual is correlative to an inclusive wholeness in the [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:43:20+00:00September 21st, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on What’s the Evidence for Process Theism?

Reading the Bible from Wherever You Are

The Bible is a collection of ancient writings written and read by people who, rightly or mistakenly, experienced life in terms of living together with their God. Regardless of what you or I believe, or don't, we can begin to appreciate these [...]

By |2019-08-15T11:45:06+00:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Reading the Bible from Wherever You Are