In this essay, Oord argues that we better sense of God and creation if God’s power is understood as immanent, in the sense that God cannot act as a sufficient cause and thereby control others, and God’s love is understood as transcendent, in the sense that God does not freely choose to love.
In this piece Oord examines research on love in the social and natural sciences, and presents some of his own research in philosophy and religion related to it. He argues that God cannot be culpable for genuine evil, because God essentially and lovingly relates to all creatures by providing them with power for free choices.
This essay addresses the implications of creatio ex nihilo for how Jürgen Moltmann conceives Trinitarian relations and divine love in Moltmann’s classic work The Trinity and the Kingdom: The Doctrine of God. In the introductory segment, I identify principal Trinitarian issues pertaining to love as an element of the divine essence. In the second segment, I consider implications creatio ex nihilo has for equating the essential and economic Trinities. My conclusion is that Moltmann cannot coherently equate the immanent and economic Trinities, because he espouses the classic Christian doctrine of creatio ex nihilo.
Oord expresses his appreciation for The Openness of God, examines the present state of open theology, and speculates about what its future might hold. He offers five reasons why he thinks the lines between open theology and process theology will continue to blur in the coming years.
In this piece, Oord offers critical examination of how process theology approaches the diverse traditions and theologies that are typically identified as Evangelical.
(ENTIRE BOOK) The path that through the centuries led Christian theology away from the dynamic and interactive God of the biblical writings to the immutable deity of classical theologians also involved a de-emphasis upon divine love in favor of divine power. David Polk traces this path with great care in remarkably accessible language, showing how at numerous points the ideas of creative thinkers, pointing to a better way, were largely ignored. With equal care and lucidity, Polk traces the eventual turn, still in progress, toward a new understanding that recovers what was lost and provides the groundwork for a creative resolution to age-old theological conundrums appropriate to our contemporary situation. Concluding with a resolution of the love-power question through a concept of empowering love, the book makes an important contribution to contemporary theological reflection. I can heartily recommend it not only as a textbook for college and seminary students but also as material for advanced-level adult study groups in local churches. It is not an easy task to speak to such a wide spectrum of persons, and we should be grateful to Polk for having done so.
~Russell Pregeant, Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Chaplain, Emeritus, Curry College
(ENTIRE BOOK) Has Christianity anything to say in this secular age? Dr. Geering examines two of the most misunderstood areas — the nature of the Bible, and the relation of Christian faith to science — and affirms that Christ is completely relevant to the modern world.
(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.
(ENTIRE BOOK) A helpful understanding of the major themes in Bonhoeffer’s works that cover not only theology, philosophy, Christology, ethics and sociology, but also the mystique surrounding his opposition to the Nazi state, leading to his execution.
(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.