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Process Theology

  1. A Christian Critique of Pure Land Buddhism by John B. Cobb, Jr.

    Cobb compares and contrasts his understanding of Christianity with Pure Land Buddhism.  He deals particularly the relation of faith to practice, the nature of salvation, the relationship of language and metaphysics, and the nature of grace. He finds many similarities between the two theologies.

  2. A Christian Natural Theology Based on the Thought of Alfred North Whitehead by John B. Cobb, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) There is a need for a Christian natural theology. To John Cobb, the philosophy of Albert North Whitehead provides the best basis for one, and Dr. Cobb provides a such a systematic theology in this important book.

  3. A Friend's Love: Why Process Theology Matters by C. Robert Mesle

    The existence and nature of God are not made clear in this ambiguous world.

  4. An Introduction to the Process Understanding of Science, Society and the Self by Leslie A. Muray

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A survey of process thought for the layperson: The author writes for those not necessarily versed in complex theological language. The process view of society, politics, psychology, science and education. Further reading references are included at the end of each chapter..

  5. Becoming and Belonging by Norman Pittenger

    (ENTIRE BOOK) The meaning of human existence in the context of Process Theology. God creates each of us as a living process, not a static being, interacting constantly with God's universe. Our highest human possibility is to move toward "the image of God."

  6. Being and Person by John B. Cobb, Jr.

    The author considers the importance of relating metaphysics to other domains of thought, in this case, economics.  In Cobb's  process theology, persons are in fact successions of acts of being, each of which is inclusive of many past acts of being.  And the well being of persons is deeply affected by the health of the communities to which they belong.  Thus economic practice that consistently undermines community is fundamentally misdirected.

  7. Capek, Bergson, and Process Proto-Mentalism by Andrew C. Bjelland

    Dr. Bjelland attempts to make Capek’s views more readily accessible by providing a concise, synthetic statement of his many-faceted interpretation. Bergson’s proto-mentalism, as interpreted by Capek, is perhaps best viewed as a generalized theory of agency erected upon a phenomenology of experienced succession.

  8. Christian Biopolitics: A Credo & Strategy for the Future by Kenneth Cauthen

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A planetary society is emerging which makes requirements for human fulfillment that cannot be met unless there are profound changes in the ideas, values, and power coalitions that now determine our priorities and shape our future. The author details these necessary changes.

  9. Emerging God by Philip Clayton

    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. Is not such a picture of God closer to the biblical witness than the distant God-above-time of classical philosophical theism?

  10. Empiricism and Process Theology: God Is What God Does by David Miller

    We are called to re-examine data from the biblical and historic traditions as well as to interpret new data. The author sees reality as a process of becoming .and perishing, with new "becomings" building on that which has perished.

  11. God Within Process by Eulalio R. Baltazar

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Process theology applied to the problem of God and unbelief. Modern man can no longer go along with the idea that to have faith, one has to abandon the historical, secular and earthly -- that, in effect, he has to surrender his very humanity.

  12. Process Philosophy and Christian Thought by Delwin Brown, Ralph James, Gene Reeves (eds.)

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Nineteen imminent scholars discuss the broad application of Whiteheadian process philosophy to Christian theology.

  13. Process Theology by John B. Cobb, Jr.

    An outline of Process Theology, written by one of its creators.

  14. Process Theology and God as Parent by Susan Ford Wiltshire

    The experience of parenthood can serve to confirm the process theologians’ concepts as to the nature of God. There are limits to the concept of God as Parent, but God as parent has memory qualitatvely superior to ours, for it alone includes all time, all history, all experience. It is that memory which ascribes permanence and value to all of creation.

  15. Process-Thought and Christian Faith by Norman Pittenger

    (ENTIRE BOOK) In series of four lectures the author clarifies the Process thought perspective. He interprets the person and work of Jesus in process-terms, and provides insights into existentialism and depth psychology.

  16. The 'Last Things’ in a Process Perspective by Norman Pittenger

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Christians have always been concerned about last things – death, judgement, heaven, and hell. The author gives the outworn dogmas about these issues a sense of reality and significance for Christians today.

  17. The Lure of Divine Love: Human Experience and Christian Faith in a Process Perspective by Norman Pittenger

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Dr. Pittenger emphasizes process thought as a way of looking at ourselves, our world, and God. He stresses areas of education, the arts, humanities, science, morality and religious issues. Attention is also focused on the way in which Christian faith may be illuminated and its basic affirmations made intelligible.

  18. The Lure of God: A Biblical Background for Process Theism by Lewis S. Ford

    (ENTIRE BOOK) The author examines several aspects of process theism: christology, resurrection, the cross, trinitarianism, and immortality.

  19. The Spirit and the Forms of Love by Daniel Day Williams

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A systematic study of the doctrine of love in the form of a dialectic. The author, a process theologian, makes a significant contribution to classical Christian understanding.

  20. What Is Process Theology? by Robert B. Mellert

    (ENTIRE BOOK) Dr. Meller writes about Whiteheadian thought, without the jargon and technical intricacies, so that the lay person might have better understanding of the thinking of the founder of process philosophy.

  21. Whiteheadian Thought as a Basis for a Philosophy of Religion by Forrest Wood, Jr.

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A helpful and understandable presentation of Whitehead's thought, for people interested in learning how careful, reflective thinking can provide a basis for religious beliefs.