Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes

ISBN-10: 0873957717

ISBN-13: 9780873957717

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This book presents Hartshorne's philosophical theology briefly, simply, and vividly.Throughout the centuries some of the world's most brilliant philosophers and theologians have held and perpetuated six beliefs that give the word God a meaning untrue to its import in sacred writings or in active religious devotion:God is absolutely perfect and therefore unchangeable2.omnipotenc3.omniscienc4.God's unsympathetic goodness,5.immortality as a career after death, and6.revelationble Charles Hartshorne deals with these six theological mistakes from the standpoint of his process theology.Hartshorne says, "The book is unacademic in so far as I am capable of being that." Only a master like Hartshorne could present such sophisticated ideas so simply. This book offers an option for religious belief not heretofore available to lay people.
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List price: $29.95
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 6/30/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Charles Hartshorne was educated at Harvard University, where he coedited with Paul Weiss the first six volumes of The Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce (1931--36) and became associated with Alfred North Whitehead. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Emory University, and the University of Texas-Austin. Hartshorne is the undisputed leader in the development of process philosophy and theology since the death of Whitehead. A consummate metaphysician, Hartshorne has resurrected the ontological argument for the existence of God, reframing it in terms of contemporary modal logic. He has espoused a doctrine of panpsychism, according to which mind (with feeling) permeates all things, and has defended the compatibility of this doctrine with contemporary physics. A pantheist, Hartshorne has proposed a complex theory of God, which views divinity as a relative, processional kind of being, with an abstract eternal nature and a concrete nature subject to change and suffering. He has presented his process theology in his widely read book The Divine Relativity. In addition to his labors as teacher and philosophical author, Hartshorne is an avid birdwatcher and has written a prizewinning book, Born to Sing: An Interpretation and World Survey of Bird Song.

Preface
Six Common Mistakes about God
The Mistakes Briefly Presented
What Went Wrong in Classical Theism
Two Meanings of "God is Perfect and Unchanging"
Two Meanings of "All-Powerful"
Two Meanings of "All-Knowing"
God's Love as Divine Sympathy, Feeling of Others' Feelings
Two Meanings of "Immortality"
Revelation, "Infallible" as from God, "Fallible" as Humanly Received
The Principle of Dual Transcendence
The Physical and Spiritual
Materialism and Dualism in Greek and Medieval Thought
Plato's World Soul: The Mind-Body Analogy for God
Male Bias in Theology
Creation from Nothing, Magic, and the Tyrant Conception of God
Mind or Soul as Creative of Its Body
Psychicalism and the Universality of Love
Creation through Evolution
Evolution and Belief in God
Evolution, Chance, and Natural Law
Darwin's Mistake
Chance, Freedom, and the Tyrant Idea of God
God Takes Chances with Free Creatures
The Religious Opposition to Evolution
God "Makes Things Make Themselves"
Creation Neither Out of Nothing Nor Out of Matter
Value and Sympathy as the Keys to Power: The Final Mystery
Psychicalism and Evolution
The Perils of a High Level of Mind and Freedom
An Ornithologist who Opposed Evolution
Equal Love for Self and Other, All-Love for the All-Loving
The Moral Argument against Heaven and Hell
Abortion and the Nonabsoluteness of Personal Identity
Identity, Nonidentity, and the Primacy of Love
Self-identity as Attribute of God
The Present Condition of Humankind
A Requirement for Ethical Judgments
Religion and Philosophy
Is God Selfish?
Divine Love as the Meaning of Life
Why There is Human Wickedness
Nuclear Arms
God and the Universe Once More
Index of Persons
Subject Index
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