Intro to Process Theology - Evil

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Process theology provides a better way to think about how and why there is evil in the world. The core theological starting point in that God is not all-powerful but has a persuasive, loving power that is limited by the freedom inherent in the world.

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Intro to Process Theology - Evil

  1. 1. Intro to Process Theology
  2. 2. Intro to Process TheologyScience and Religion(God and the World)Evil and SufferingJesus and Creative TransformationEthics: Pluralism, Economism, andEcology
  3. 3. 1. How can I have a faith that honors both science and the Bible? 2. Why does God cause bad things to happen? All simplifications of religious dogma areshipwrecked upon the rock of the problem of evil." -ANW
  4. 4. Rebecca Parker
  5. 5. Supernaturalism or Deism God All-determining theism OR Free-will theism World
  6. 6. 3 major problemsTension between Gods goodnessand Gods powerMisunderstanding of Gods powerFallacy of a single cause
  7. 7. The problem of evil (theodicy)1. God is, by definition, all-powerful and all-good.2. If God is all-powerful, God could unilaterally prevent all evil.3. If God is all-good, God would want to prevent all evil.4. Evil does occur.5. Therefore God does not exist.
  8. 8. God is all-good. ORGod is all-powerful.
  9. 9. Gods Power in Process Theology Omnipotent Omnipresent Almighty PersuasiveAll-powerful Love-power God World
  10. 10. What is the highest form of power? Love or coercion?
  11. 11. Multiple causation
  12. 12. Key themes Creation out of chaos Multiple causation Persuasive, love-power Capacity to be good and evil rises together future is open freedom is a necessity not a gift or divine choice because it is built into the nature of things
  13. 13. Sin vs. "Natural" EvilSin = humanrebellion againstcreation throughunnecessaryviolenceNatural evil = formsof evil that are notcaused by humans
  14. 14. Process theology sees the universe as creative, interrelational, dynamic, and open to the future. In process theology, God is relational, present in every moment of our lives and in all entities and levels of being. The world isinterconnected, in effect a giant ecosystem where what harms orblesses one, harms or blesses all.
  15. 15. Next week: Jesus andCreative Transformation

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