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Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) Paperback – May 26, 2011
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'Unbelievable: Bruce Epperly really succeeds at communicatingprocess theology in its full breadth and depth, in ways that will satisfynewcomers and advanced students alike. Yet he does it almost wholly without theuse of technical terms! Epperly's writing flows beautifully. It's laced withpersonal examples and replete with its own Whiteheadian moments, such as "Realityis profoundly ecological" or "In each moment, we are artists of our experience".... Perhaps the best in-depth introduction to process theology available fornon-specialists.' - Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor, ClaremontSchool of Theology, USA (Philip Clayton)
'Given that process theology (PT) has earned a reputation for being one of the least accessible theological movements, Bruce Epperly does a good job in helping to clarify the main arguments and translating the vocabulary into something akin to everyday usage.' (The Church Times)
'Process theology comes in many forms. Some technical philosophical forms confuse more than enlighten. Bruce Epperly offers his own form of process theology in accessible narrative and confessional prose. The anecdotes, case studies, and stories bring alive process perspectives on crucial issues of our time. This book should further establish and expand process theology’s standing as a persuasive alternative for making sense of God and the many dimensions and questions of our existence.' -Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D. Author of 'The Nature of Love: A Theology’ (Chalice) and 'Defining Love: Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement’ (Brazos) (Sanford Lakoff)
'Unbelievable: Bruce Epperly really succeeds at communicatingprocess theology in its full breadth and depth, in ways that will satisfynewcomers and advanced students alike. Yet he does it almost wholly without theuse of technical terms! Epperly’s writing flows beautifully. It’s laced withpersonal examples and replete with its own Whiteheadian moments, such as “Realityis profoundly ecological” or “In each moment, we are artists of our experience”.… Perhaps the best in-depth introduction to process theology available fornon-specialists.’ - Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor, ClaremontSchool of Theology, USA (Sanford Lakoff)
'Given that process theology (PT) has earned a reputation for being one of the least accessible theological movements, Bruce Epperly does a good job in helping to clarify the main arguments and translating the vocabulary into something akin to everyday usage.’ (Sanford Lakoff)
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Near the beginning of the book he asks the reader some telling questions: "Do our images of God encourage creativity or destruction? Do they inspire love or hatred? Are they defined primarily by loving partnership or by coercive power?" With these big questions, Epperly challenges the reader to think and feel and re-imagine God in the Whiteheadian image of "the poet of the world."
While all of Epperly's books are written from a process-relational viewpoint, this one is special in that it unveils the full-blown philosophical world view that underlies the hope he has always inspired in his readers. He begins by offering the reader a concise history of process theology, tracing its origin in Whitehead's philosophy and its later development by Hartshorne, Cobb, Griffin, Suchocki, Loomer, and others. Then, using his gift of expressing big ideas in the language of simple elegance and metaphor, Epperly explains the basic tenets of process theology, with special emphasis on the problem of evil and suffering, the power of prayer, the teleology of beauty, the human condition--or what he calls "The Adventurous Self'--as well as a full range of theological issues such as Christology, Trinity, and the Bible. The reader's journey continues through the application of process theology to such areas as ethics, science, the church, and the afterlife.Read more ›
In this book Bruce Epperly, himself a Process Theologian who studied at one of the leading centers of Process Theology (Claremont), but who also writes with a pastor's heart, provides us with a primer that seeks to translate and explain the ideas and vocabulary that form Process Theology. One of the reasons why this system is both controversial and difficult to understand is that it starts with a modern philosophical system that challenges traditional ways of seeing the world and the divine.Read more ›
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Clear and compelling introduction to Process- Relational Theology.Published 25 days ago by David J. Norling
I guess what I was looking for was a way to incorporate my former evangelical beliefs into a world view that kept what I consider important aspects of the divine, one of them being... Read morePublished 17 months ago by DaveH
I am interested in learning about this subject. I am finding the author covers it quite well.Published 17 months ago by Sibyl Goerner
I was hoping for an explanation of process theology for dummies. The basic concept I get; I get way too lost in the details, though. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Danny K.
Early in "Process Theology" Bruce Epperly quotes the reminiscence of J.M. Whittaker on attending Whitehead's Gifford Lectures. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Randal Rauser
Before I purchased this book I struggled in my Graduate level theology classes. After a few frustrating attempts at writing a paper that included Whiteheadian theory and others, I... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Dream Writer
Compared with other Process theologians the author did not show a lot of depth and I failed to find any pragmatic application to the pastrol field. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by James Alms
Bruce Epperley has done a signal job of demythologizing the mysteries of Process Theology for those perplexed by its
complicated terminolgy. Read more
Bruce Epperly has done it again! He has made process theology understandable and helpful to clergy and laypeople alike. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Darlene Zerbe