(urth) Re: urth-urth.net Digest, Vol 4, Issue 19

Iorwerth Thomas iorweththomas at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 13 10:16:11 PST 2004

I think I owe Blattid an apology - I should have tracked back and checked 
who made the remark I was responding to in the first place... My bad.  Sorry 
for any upset caused.

Moving on...  When I first read the BotNS, I was rather struck by the 
similarity between the Pancreator/Increate duality and the 
'dipolar-opposite' theories of the nature of God in process theology.

A quick explanation:  in process thought, God is thought of as having an 
eternal, metaphysically necessary and transcendant component to his nature, 
and a temporal, contingent, changing and immanent component (exact 
implementations vary with the process thinker: Chales Harsthorne has a 
different interpretation from his mentor, A N Whitehead, with most who are 
interested in the area following Harsthorne).

A better explanation: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/process-theism/

The similarity is rather superficial (I don't know if Wolfe has heard of 
Whitehead et. al., and I doubt he'd approve of some of their more heterodox 
beliefs, eg. the rejection of traditional formulations of omnipotence in 
favour of divine persuasion) but I wonder if he may be drinking from similar 
metaphysical wells...  Or maybe it has more to do with the incorporation of 
Hindu categories of thought into the future theology of Urth.

Any thoughts?  (I'm probably talking utter drivel.)


>From: "James Wynn" <thewynns at earthlink.net>
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>Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 12:18:59 -0500
> >If I gave the impression that I had no respect for Protestant intellect,
> >or that I don't think any Protestants have struggled to make their faith
> >work in the light of modern scientific data, please accept my apology.
> >I certainly intended no such thing.
> >--Dan'l
>I don't think you did that, Blattid, nor did I get the idea it was really
>you Iorwerth was responding to.
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