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 [...]

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A Funeral Homily from a Process Perspective

This is 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. John 11:21-27 Jesus says "I am the resurrection and the life. Those [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 Course on God

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 [...]

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Process Theism & Paul Tillich’s Panentheism

Paul Tillich finally comes out as an “eschatological” panentheist at the very end of his three-volume Systematic Theology: “Eternal Life is life in the eternal, life in God. This … agrees with the Pauline vision that in ultimate fulfillment God shall be [...]

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Process Theism and Pantheism

[This was originally for a course where Richard Grigg’s book had been assigned. “Pantheism,” like almost any other word associated with theism, comes in a variety of forms that can shade into other types of God-talk.] According to Richard Grigg, pantheism “equates [...]

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