Advent in a Pluralistic Age, 20.3-4, Summer-Fall 2011


In 1975, John B. Cobb, Jr., published Christ in a Pluralistic Age, which argues that “creative transformation” describes God’s dynamic interaction with the world. What Christians call “Christ,” he wrote, can be understood as the “principle of creative transformation.” Cobb’s proposal almost immediately begs the question: what, then, does creative transformation look like in other faiths? It also raises a caution: can we presuppose this principle in other religions? This issue reflects on the God-world relationship from the perspective of several faith traditions. It also offers liturgical resources for the season.

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In this issue:

  • Christ in a Pluralistic Age
    by John B. Cobb, Jr.
  • Driven by Dreams
    by P. David Wilkinson
  • Clay in the Potter's Hands
    by Bradley Shavit Artson
  • God and the World: A Dynamic Relationship in the Qur'an
    by Mustafa Ruzgar
  • The Role of the Avatar in the Process of Cosmic Transformation
    by Jeffery D. Long
  • Quanyin Talks about Creative Transformation
    by Gene Reeves

Advent Resources

  • Calls to Worship
    by Jessica Petersen
  • Opening Prayers
    by Timothy Murphy
  • A Candle Liturgy
    by Jeanyne B. Slettom
  • Pastoral Prayers
    by Sarah Bloesch
  • Book review of Paul Sponheim's Love's Availing Power: Imagining God, Imaging World
    by Nelda Kerr

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