Intro to Process Theology - Science and Religion

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Process theology provides a unified vision for the integration of science and religion. It is better for science and better for religion.

Process theology provides a unified vision for the integration of science and religion. It is better for science and better for religion.

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  • 1. Intro to Process Theology
  • 2. 1. How can I have a faiththat honors both scienceand the Bible?2. Why does God causebad things to happen?
  • 3. "The teacher, if indeed wise,does not bid you to enter the house of their wisdom, butleads you to the threshold of your own mind." -Kahlil Gibran
  • 4. Some process theologians
  • 5. Intro to Process TheologyScience and Religion(God and the World)Evil and SufferingJesus and Creative TransformationEthics: Pluralism, Economism, andEcology
  • 6. 2 ways to do theologyConfessional Transdisciplinaryassumes the truth committed to theof various assessment of the validity of religious beliefsdoctrines is basedin a supernatural, rejects the idea thatinfallible origin truth-claims are immune to criticismconsiders itselfimmune to rational interested in the truthcritique and coherence of worldviews
  • 7. "You cannot shelter theology from science, or science from theology; nor can you shelter either of them frommetaphysics, or metaphysics from eitherof them. There is no short cut to truth." -A.N. Whitehead SCIENCE RELIGION
  • 8. One, unified worldviewSCIENCE RELIGION ub tle er e s de ep or aa m ience l ig io n sc re
  • 9. Whiteheads passiondetermined to take all theevidence into accountcreate one rational scheme ofthought that is better for scienceand religion, a "harmony oftruth"overcome the real problemsfacing civilizationreligion and science can both bedangerous when they dont takethe other into account 1861-1947
  • 10. Supernaturalism Pantheism Atheism or Deism God & World, World no God God Panentheism World God World
  • 11. Whiteheads analysis Science Religion Main problem: Main problem:naturalism SAM supernaturalismsensationism,atheism,materialism both are exaggerations, wrong, must change
  • 12. One, unified worldview prehensive Naturalism { panentheistic panexperientialistSCIENCE RELIGION ub tle er e s de ep or aa m ience l ig io n sc re
  • 13. Supernaturalism Pantheism Atheism or Deism God & World, Naturalism: World no God God *Panentheistic Prehensive Panexperientialist World God World
  • 14. Key themes relational interdependence emergence with novelty reality is a dynamic, always changing process experiential future is open freedom is real, built into the nature of things
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. Next week:Evil and Suffering