Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Generosity of Process Theology

This week I have been reading Bruce Epperly's excellent new book, "Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed" and came across this wonderful quote that reminded me of Brian McLaren's idea of "generous orthodoxy":

"Progressive in spirit, process theologians affirm the importance of treasuring tradition, characteristic of the Roman Catholic Church; the openness to ecstasy and healing, characteristic of Pentecostal Christians; the personal passion and love of Jesus, characteristic of evangelical Christians; the commitment to contemplative prayer, characteristic of Quakers; the emphasis on the incarnation, characteristic of Orthodox Christians; and the recognition of bedrock truths, characteristic of fundamentalist Christians.  Rather than turning from dialogue, process theologians embrace dialogue with other forms of Christian worship, practice, and theology, recognizing that God is working in diverse ways in diverse denominational and theological traditions and that each tradition both opens and closes itself to the divine as a result of its particular perspective."

I will be blogging more on Epperly's book, which I believe is probably the finest process theology introductory text in print today.  Do yourself a favor if you are interested in process theology and read this book.

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