Substance

Trinity, Substance, and Process

Question: 
What can be done to bridge the gap between process thinkers and the orthodox Trinitarians who base their thought on substance categories?
Publication Month: 
June 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Reducing the gap with regard to the doctrine of the Trinity is an important issue, but I do not believe that the problem lies in the distinction between substance and process thinking. Actually, substance thought posed more extreme problems to those who developed the doctrine of the Trinity than do process categories. Whitehead himself commented that in order to develop both Trinitarian and incarnational doctrines, theologians in Alexandria made a great metaphysical advance. He considered this a development that his own process-relational philosophy generalizes.

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