I remember first hearing about Process Theology when I was younger, I think in one of my intro to theology classes at Briercrest College, a small bible college in the middle of Saskatchewan’s flat prairie landscape. Then, and in the many years that followed, it was a no-go zone for many reasons, not the least of which being that process theology does not consider God to be omnipotent in the same way as in more orthodox versions of Christianity. I encountered it again as a philosophy student at the University of Waterloo, when we met the work of Alfred North Whitehead, though we focused more on his contributions to logic and mathematics than to theology.
Enter today’s Dolly Daily Podcast Spotlight, where Process Theologian Catherine Keller chats with the guys from The Deconstructionists. In a conversation that traces the philosophical roots of the Christian faith through Aristotle, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas and (A)Nicholas of Susa all the way to the present day, interacting with both the Bible and the great texts of history, Dr. Keller tells the story of a God that is, in every way, moving with us, in us and through us.
Unlike the kind of Christianity I grew up with, and outside the analytic philosophical tradition in which I was educated, Dr. Keller talks about how God is rolling out creation, the world is being made and created by God, who is working in a through us in a deeply complex (and apparently Quantum) way. Just as I move through this world, becoming something different from moment to moment, each moment coming to learn, understand, feel, contemplate, experience something new and different, so does God. Indeed, as we become who we are, God is the one acting within us, through us, in us, to become what we are.
Maybe you’re confused.
I know I was.
She explains it so much better than I could.
Have a listen.
If you like what you hear, check out her newest book, Cloud of the Impossible
How the Dolly Daily Podcast Spotlight came to be:
Every day I take a walk with my little jack russell/rat terrier Dolly. She loves Victoria Park, so we usually head there first so that she can walk the oval and say hi to the Canada geese that make the park their shoulder season home. Then we head to Roos Island where she tries so terribly hard to catch squirrels, always coming up just short, as they scurry up the trees towards their winter homes. These days we also stop by the green space beside the Joseph Schneider House where she gets a little extra time for some ‘fetch’, before turning back up Queen to head back home. As we walk, I listen to a podcast. Since Dolly is just the cutest thing, and podcasts are awesome, I’ll be sharing the podcast I listen to that day, along with a short blurb about why I think it’s worth paying attention. I may miss a day here and there, and I trust that my readers will understand.
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