To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the birth of Religion Online we are proud to share David P. Polk's God of Empowering Love: A History and Reconception of the Theodicy Conundrum. Polk holds a PhD from Claremont and served his denomination, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in a variety of roles. In retirement he has produced a most important piece on the always difficult problem of evil in light of the power of God. Dr. Polk reconceives the basic question of the relation of power and goodness by asking what kind of power is appropriate to a loving God, rather than the traditional way of framing the issue as how can a powerful God also be a loving God.
We also move from the printed word to include video and audio presentations which will be added during this anniversary period. We have been given permission to upload audio-visual materials from the Center for Process Studies and will be asking for other organizations to allow us into their files as well.
William Fore's vision will remain in focus. No one will be charged for accessing materials in this site. All seekers, scholars and practitioners are encouraged to help us celebrate the anniversary by increasing the use of this valuable tool.
We kindly request feedback so we can improve on the great idea that led Bill Fore to create Religion Online.
Religion Online is designed to assist teachers, scholars and general "seekers" who are interested in exploring religious issues. The aim is to develop an extensive library of resources, representing many different points of view, but all written from the perspective of sound scholarship. While the initial orientation has been to seek material written primarily from a Christian perspective, the ultimate aim is to broaden the scope to include material on all the world's major religions.
At present there are nearly 6.000 chapters, monographs, speeches and articles on line. Each year more than 1.7 million visitors download more than 7 million documents from this site, including requests from more than 400 colleges, universities and schools of theology in the United States, and another 200 throughout the world.