presence

Indwelling Spirit/Christ in process theology

Question: 
What is the understanding of the indwelling Spirit/Christ in process theology?
Publication Month: 
May 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

The philosophical answer to this question based on the text of Whitehead is two-fold. Central to Whitehead’s philosophy is the divine presence in every occasion in the form of the initial aim. This is the immanence of the Primordial Nature of God. The Primordial Nature is the sphere of potentiality ordered so as to evoke maximum value in the world. The “initial aim” around which each occasion is brought into being is the effect of this primordial ordering in each unique situation. It is determined by God’s aim to increase value.

Third Sunday in Lent

March 23, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 95
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:1-11
Reading 4: 
John 4:5-42
By Marjorie Suchocki

The texts from Exodus and John give us significant imagery of water--water springing from a rock; living water that comes from no well. The Psalmist gives an exultant commentary on Exodus 17, and Paul gives us a theological interpretation of the Johannine text.

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 9:2-7
Reading 2: 
Titus 2:11-14
Reading 3: 
Psalm 97
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:1-20
Alt Reading 2: 
Titus 3:4-7
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 62:6-12
By Bruce G. Epperly

A comment regarding the lectionary: there are a variety of texts to choose from for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I have chosen to include both Isaiah passages to present a more realistic vision of Christmas, a vision that joins, as the hymn proclaims, “the hopes and fears of all the years.”

On Christmas Eve, the theme is revelation and incarnation, in terms of both presence and absence. December 24 is more than a chronological date. Christmas Eve is a frame of mind and movement of spirit that brings out joy, wonder, exaltation, and sometimes grief and despair.

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