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  Process theology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Process theology (also known as Neoclassical theology) is a school of thought influenced by the metaphysical process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947).
Process theology soon influenced a number of Jewish theologians including British philosopher Samuel Alexander (1859-1938), and Rabbis Max Kaddushin, Milton Steinberg and Levi A. Olan, Harry Slominsky and to a lesser degree, Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Excellent introductions to classical theism, limited theism and process theology can be found in A Question of Faith: An Atheist and a Rabbi Debate the Existence of God (1994, ISBN 1568210892) and The Case for God, (1991, ISBN 0827204582) both written by Rabbi William E. Kaufman.
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 Process Theology, Process Theism
Process Theology is a contemporary movement of theologians who teach that God is dipolar, or has two natures, and that he is integrally involved in the endless process of the world.
Thus process theology generally stands in the tradition of natural theology, and in particular is associated with the empirical theology tradition in America (Shailer Mathews, D. Macintosh, Henry Nelson Wieman) which championed the inductive, scientific approach in liberal theology.
Though process theology has not yet become a major force in the church pew, it is very influential in the intellectual world of the seminaries and graduate schools, and no doubts is the most viable form of neoliberal theology now in the United States.
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Process theism agrees with pantheism in that God is in the world, but disagrees with pantheism in that it does not identify God and the world.
One of the greatest advantages of process theology is that by revising the concepts of divine power and knowledge, two of the most inveterate problems in the philosophy of religion, freedom and evil, can be solved on a rational basis.
If Christian theology is to be judged in terms of how well it expresses biblical doctrines, then process theology fares very well with regard to the soul, creation out of chaos, and most importantly, a doctrine of grace and forgiveness that has rational, philosophical grounds.
www.class.uidaho.edu /ngier/process.htm   (8741 words)

 Process Theism
Process theism typically refers to a family of theological ideas originating in, inspired by, or in agreement with the metaphysical orientation of the English philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) and the American philosopher-ornithologist Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000).
Process theists do not deny that love requires willing the good of the other, but they maintain that it requires something more, or at very least that there are greater forms of love of which willing the good of the other is a necessary aspect.
Process thought raises the question — and answers it in the affirmative — whether a world with a probability, not merely a possibility, of genuine good and evil is preferable to a world without it.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/process-theism   (20874 words)

 Process Philosophy and the New Thought Movement
Process philosophy, or process theology, or simply process thought, is an outlook with roots that go as far back as the thought of Heraclitus in the West and Buddhism in the East, but the most prominent philosopher in developing its present form was Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947).
The terms panexperientialism, process philosophy, process theology, process thought, and the name used by Alfred North Whitehead for his philosophy, the philosophy of organism, all are used more or less synonymously for the essence of the outlook largely shared by Whitehead, Hartshorne, and many thinkers who follow their lead.
Process New Thought is New Thought minus any instances of the fallacy of misplaced concreteness such as notions of changeless (non-growing) impersonal God, enduring substance, changeless and/or active law, and with the addition of insights from such thinkers as Whitehead and Hartshorne.
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 Process Theology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Process theology is built upon its understanding of the nature of God.
The process view of sin is that evil comes from a dissonance between the actual state of an object or idea and its potential state.
Process theology is not true theology, it is a humanistic philosophy in the guise of theology.
www.ifca.org /voice/99Jul-Aug/Bitner.htm   (2059 words)

 Process Theology: Making God Talk Make Sense
Traditional Theology is rooted in the general world view and perceived human experience contemporary with the origins of a specific theology.
Process Theology is an acknowledgement that contemporary understanding of God and God's expression through creation, including human beings, is always in "process" and never complete.
Process Theology is based on a contemporary world view that is continually changing through growth in knowledge.
www.process-theology.org   (438 words)

 Theology Today - Vol 43, No. 3 - October 1986 - ARTICLE - Barth's Theology and Process Theology
Theologies have to bring those primary facts into a coherent relation, and that means on a certain level of abstraction and in a system of conceptual reference.
It is characteristic of Barth's theology and of all those who legitimately declare themselves obligated to his thought, stubbornly to defend and to preserve this concern against all philosophical and other conceptual supercessions and relativizations of the dogmatic-theological system of reference.
By contrast, Whitehead and many process theologians are primarily interested in developing and having at their disposal a theory which inquires after analogies to important forms of the Christian faith in other systems of symbols: religious, scientific, general cultural.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /oct1986/v43-3-article7.htm   (5726 words)

 Process Theology
Process theologies (another shade of process philosophy/process thought) build on the foundation laid primarily by Alfred North Whitehead (1861—1947) and Charles Hartshorne (1897—2000).
Process theology deals effectively with the problem of evil (theodicy), and is sometimes criticized for dispensing with it too easily.
The Center for Process Studies, of which I am a member, is a research organization affiliated with the School of Theology at Claremont (California), a Methodist multi-denominational seminary.
www.thinlyveiled.com /process.htm   (1172 words)

 Amazon.ca: Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The two primary philosophical leaders of process theology are Alfred North Whitehead (protege of Bertrand Russell) and Charles Hartshorne, whom the authors of this volume discuss in some detail from the beginning.
Process theology sees Jesus as the incarnation of God that expresses the creative love of God and the creative transformation that is possible for all of us.
Process ecclesiology challenges the churches to explore both their history and their potential for being agents of transformation in the world.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0664247431   (1262 words)

 The Center for Process Studies
The Center for Process Studies is a research center of Claremont School of Theology, and affiliated with Claremont Graduate University.
Process thought is based on the work of philosophers Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, two contemporary examples of a longstanding philosophical tradition that emphasizes becoming and change over static being.
Process thought offers an approach to the social, political, and economic order that brings issues of human justice together with a concern for ecology.
www.ctr4process.org   (216 words)

 Christian Ecology - A Theology of Joy: God in Process Thought
Process theologians make it clear that we have the power of self-determination, and may choose to be one with the initial aim-or not.
Process theology posits that previous efforts to solve this riddle have run aground on the insistence that God is both all love, and all powerful.
For process theology the future is truly open, and that means that there is no assurance that human beings will avoid all those means now becoming available to them to destroy themselves.
www.christianecology.org /TheologyJoy.html   (2885 words)

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This was to be changed with the development of new evolutionary ideas which were applied not only to the external world where the process was originally discovered, but also to the ideology, and obviously to the religious thought.
Theology in this system considers God as a main exemplification of the principles by which all things are explained.
One is his “abstract nature” or “mental pole,” which is, according to the terminology of process thinkers, as much as he is in himself incomprehensible, unimaginable, incommunicable for us, infinitely transcendent to everything.
www.socinian.org /files/ProcessTheologyTalk.doc   (3335 words)

 Putting Reason in its Place:
Philosophical theology must accommodate itself to revelation, not the other way around, if indeed revelation is what it claims to be: knowledge of God beyond reason (but not contrary to reason).
There is a unique reasonableness to the pattern of gospel truth, a deep grammar theology must attend to, which is logically prior to any and all claims from science, philosophy and the world to set the universal standards of reason.
In Christian theology and in Christian mission, the struggle for peace and justice, evangelism, and worship, Jesus Christ is Lord.
www.luthersem.edu /apadgett/process.html   (5881 words)

 CONVERSATIONS: God at Risk - Christianity Today Magazine
Both men had pioneered the liberal movement in theology known as process theism at a time when, according to biographer Alan Gragg in his book Charles Hartshorne, it stood "forth in the theological sunlight as one of the most creative and viable options on the American scene." Gruenler was hooked.
Process theology helped because it spoke of a God active in time with us.
In openness theology, he has to be seen more as an aesthetic Christ who lures us to aesthetic and loving deeds, instead of the Christ who was preordained to reconcile all things to himself through his blood, as Paul says in Colossians 1.
www.christianitytoday.com /ct/2001/004/3.56.html   (2093 words)

 Amazon.ca: Process Theology: A Basic Introduction: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The two primary philosophical leaders of process theology are Alfred North Whitehead (protege of Bertrand Russell) and Charles Hartshorne; Mesle and Cobb discuss their work, along with the work of other theologians and philosophers, as they develop the topics theologically.
Mesle's work is one of the more accessible introductions to the general topic of process theology - it does presume some philosophical underpinnings, but keeps this to a relative minimum.
If you're new to process theology and want a very basic explanation, this is the place to start.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0827229453   (862 words)

 Amazon.com: Process Theology: A Basic Introduction: Books: C. Robert Mesle,John B. Cobb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition by John B. Cobb Jr.
The two chapters of the book are intended to differentiate Mesle's Process Theology, which he now calls Process Naturalism, from the ideas of Tillich, Whitehead, Wieman, Hartshorne, and John B. Cobb Jr.
Process theology is partially an attempt to wrestle with the old question as to how an all-powerful loving God can allow terrible things to happen.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0827229453?v=glance   (2391 words)

 Exploring God Anew: An Introduction to Process Theology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Process Theology begins with the assumption that God exists, but departs from traditional western Christian theology in an attempt to harmonize the idea of God with a modern worldview.
Process Thought grew from ideas put forth by Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne and others.
Ruel Eskelsen is a Librarian by profession, a UU since 1980, a lifelong booknut and has been studying Process Theology since first being introduced to it at the 1999 UUA GA in Salt Lake City.
www.all-souls.org /spirituality/are/course1.html   (213 words)

 Amazon.com: Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition: Books: John B. Cobb Jr.,David Ray Griffin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
In process theology, God is in time, God's knowledge is growing with the world, and God's power is a persuasive power, not a coercive one; consequently, God literally can't stop evil.
Cobb and Griffin note that in classical theology, divine sympathy was denied: "This denial of an element of sympathetic responsiveness to the divine love meant that it was entirely creative; that is, God loves us only in the sense that he does good things for us" (45).
"Process theologies understanding of divine love as in harmony with the insight, which we can gain both from psychologists and from our own experience, that if we truly love others we do not seek to control them" (53).
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0664247431?v=glance   (2623 words)

 Process & Faith: Home Page
Summer Process Institute: Registration now open for the Process and Faith Summer Process Institute, June 12-16, taught by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, John B. Cobb, Jr., Robert Mesle, and others.
To learn more about process thought as it relates to other disciplines such as philosophy, science, economics, and ecology, visit the Center for Process Studies.
Process and Faith is a program of the Center for Process Studies, an affiliated program of the Claremont School of Theology.
www.processandfaith.org   (358 words)

 Process Science of Mind
From a process perspective, God is always present in the very midst of our becoming, offering perfect possibilities in every new moment for each individual’s highest good.
A process theology gently opposes pantheistic slogans such as "God is all there is," and suggests that a closer approximation to the truth is to be found in the idea of panentheism.
Whereas pantheism would assert that "All there is IS God," a process approach, and panentheism, would support the simple solution of adding a single word, and say instead that "All there is is IN God." Inclusion is by no means synonymous with identity.
hyattcarter.com   (1575 words)

 Category List --- Religion-Online.org
A Christian Natural Theology Based on the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead by John B. Cobb, Jr.
God is affected by the pain of creatures, is genuinely responsive to their calls, acquires experiences as a result of these interactions that were not present beforehand -- all ideas familiar to readers of process theology.
Process Theology and God as Parent by Susan Ford Wiltshire
www.religion-online.org /listbycategory.asp?Cat=18   (921 words)

 Lo-Fi Tribe » Blog Archive » Process Thought and Theology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Today I received an e-mail from a theology professor suggesting that I enroll in the fall semester’s course in Process Theology.
The halfway point of my seminary study is, quite frankly, strangely accompanied by a growing sympathy and interest in process thought and philosophical theology.
There is a strong core of faculty here at LTS (including the President) who are graduates of Claremont School of Theology, the proverbial hotbed of Process Theologians and Philosophers.
www.lofitribe.com /2006/03/24/process-thought-and-theology   (702 words)

 Graceland University:C. Robert Mesle's Vita   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
LI> Theology 9: Process Theology and Religious Pluralism, Co-editor, with Joni Wilson, Graceland Press, 2002, and published in Korean, 2003.
They had been using my book, Process Theology, in their adult education class, and invited me to come and share with the class, and give a luncheon address and discussion on a process theological perspective on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Process Theology" a videotaped presentation at the RLDS Temple, August 3, 1996, part of series on theology sponsored by the RLDS Joint Council and Temple School.
www.graceland.edu /show.cfm?durki=2162   (3135 words)

 Table of contents for Handbook of process theology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Process Theology and the Healing Adventure: Reflections on Spirituality and Medicine Bruce G. Epperly 9.
Process Perspectives on Sexuality, Love and Marriage Kathlyn A. Breazeale 11.
Feminist Theology in Process Perspective Lucinda A. Huffaker 15.
www.loc.gov /catdir/toc/ecip0519/2005025661.html   (291 words)

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