theism

Process Thought's Contribution to Societal Change

Question: 
Can process thought contribute to cultural, social, and political reform?
Publication Month: 
June 2012
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

I appreciate this question. My answer is, of course, yes. If I did not think so, I would not have devoted so much of my time to process thought. But before I answer positively, I should acknowledge what process thought, by itself, certainly cannot do.

Belief in God

Question: 
Whitehead’s philosophy shows that a panentheistic view of God fits well into a richly developed cosmology. But this seems quite remote from immediate human experience. Are there aspects of common experience that support belief in God?
Publication Month: 
April 2010
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

One way of approaching this question is to bring again to the fore the ancient triad of the true, the good, and the beautiful. People everywhere make judgments about truth, goodness, and beauty. Obviously, such judgments are made by people who do not connect them to God, even by people who strongly deny the reality of God. For some, one of them serves as an alternative focus of commitment and devotion. Devotion to truth may lead one to emphatic atheism. Devotion to goodness may lead to harsh criticism of accepted religious teachings.

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