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This book begins where the original book left off. Retaining its reader-friendly, question-and-answer format, John B. Cobb, Jr., tackles new questions and misunderstandings about process theology. Divided into three sections-Metaphysics, Science, and Faith-- a variety of questions on topics of contemporary interest are addressed. What is the Process View of Angels and Demons? How Does Process Explain Free Will? How Does Process Theology respond to Stem Cells and Ensoulment? How does Process Explain God and Suffering? What is the Relationship between Process, Evangelical, and Liberal Theologies? In answering these and other questions, Cobb opens our minds to new understandings and gives us new ways to relate to our world and the God at work within it.
John B. Cobb, JR. is Ingraham Professor of Theology Emeritus at Claremont School of Theology, cofounder of the Center for Process Studies, and author of The Process Perspective from Chalice Press. Jeanyne B. Slettom is adjunct professor of theology at Claremont School of Theology and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, copastor of Brea Congregational Church in Brea, California, and director of Process Faith.
Table of Contents
Can you describe a Christian process theology in just a few pages?
Metaphysics seems remote and obscure. Do Christians really need to be concerned about it?
How does process theology relate to the ônew atheismö?
What is the process view of angels and demons?
Where does process theology stand on the issue of free will?
How does process theology account for the uniqueness of the human person?
Is God immanent or transcendent?
Is it correct to think of God as the dominant occasion in the universe?
What is a very simple definition of the concept of ôaims,ö as in ôGod's aimsö for me or us?
Is God's ôaimö similar to God's ôcallö?
What does it mean to say that God includes such things as genocide, rape, and murder in both the primordial nature and the consequent nature? How then can God be good?
How do you answer the criticism that the God of process theology is ôweakö?
Whitehead and the Process Tradition
Who is a Whiteheadian?
What is distinctive of Whitehead in relation to other process theologians?
What is the difference between Whitehead and Hartshorne?
Has process theology ôbacked the wrong horseö
Evolution and Ecology
How does process theology respond to the challenge of modern science?
Does science support belief in God?
How do you deal with what is often called ôensoulmentö in stem cell research-that is, at what point is an embryo a person?
Does process theology support those who promote ôintelligent designö as explanatory of evolution?
What does process theology have to say about ôinconvenient truthsö?
Can process theology contribute to our reflection about the crisis in the financial sector?
Can process theology shed light on the 2008-2009 financial meltdown?
How do you understand incarnation?
Why was Jesus more receptive to God's aims than the rest of us?
What is the process view of redemption?
How does process theology answer the question of bodily resurrection?
Does it make sense to say that Jesus is really present in the eucharist?
The Problem of Evil
Why does God not intervene in the face of historical evil?
How does process theology explain natural evils?
What are your views on sin and evil? I wouldn't posit a literal existence for the devil, but I have the sense that there's something agentlike about evil that seems unaccounted for by process theology
What is God's reason for allowing suffering? What is its nature?
Do you agree with David Griffin that appraisal of the evidence in the process perspective leads to belief in life after death? If so, should we anticipate rewards and punishments?
Must salvation be attained prior to death as my fundamentalist friends insist?
What kind of assurance can process theology offer?
If God doesn't intervene, what is the point of intercessory prayer?
Many process theologians seem to shy away from the doctrine of the Trinity, but isn't a trinitarian understanding of God essential to Christian faith?
What is the relationship between process, evangelical, and liberal theologies?
Are there similarities between Eastern Orthodoxy and process theology?
Can process thought help improve the understanding of Islam and build bridges to it?
ôNo one comes to the Father except by meö (Jn. 14:6) is a stumbling block to interreligious dialogue. How do you exegete this verse? Can it be understood in a less exclusivist way?
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