Developmental Theism: From Pure Will to Unbounded Love

Hardcover | February 18, 2007

byPeter Forrest

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This is a work of speculative theology based on three themes: that a version of materialism is a help not a hindrance in philosophical theology; that God develops; and that this development is on the whole kenotic, in other words an abandonment of power. Peter Forrest argues that the resulting kenotic theism might well be correct. He claims that his hypothesis concerning God is better than known rival hypotheses, including atheism, and that if there is no unknown better hypothesis it is good enough to be believed. In the Introduction he offers adefense of the type of metaphysical speculation on which his thesis rests. Elsewhere in the book he defends his 'moderate materialism', expounds the notion of the 'Primordial God', and discusses how God changes. In the resulting account, Forrest reconciles the unloving and unlovable God of thephilosophers with the God of the Abrahamic tradition. In a quasi-Gnostic fashion he puts the blame for evils on the Primordial God and argues that after God has become loving, the divine powers of intervention are limited by the natural order. In the final two chapters he applies this kenotic theismto specifically Christian teachings, notably the Trinity and the Incarnation.

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This is a work of speculative theology based on three themes: that a version of materialism is a help not a hindrance in philosophical theology; that God develops; and that this development is on the whole kenotic, in other words an abandonment of power. Peter Forrest argues that the resulting kenotic theism might well be correct. He c...

Peter Forrest is at the University of New England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:February 18, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214581

ISBN - 13:9780199214587

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Overview2. Theism, simplicity, and properly anthropocentric metaphysics3. Materialism and dualism4. The power, knowledge, and motives of the Primordial God5. The existence of the Primordial God6. God changes7. Understanding Evil8. The Trinity9. The IncarnationAppendix on Transubstantiation and ConsubstantiationConcluding Remarks