According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Announcement: AAR Group Sessions - Open and Relational Theologies

Our Open and Relational Theologies group sessions are Saturday and Sunday mornings at AAR.
Below are the details. Please plan to attend!

Theme: John B. Cobb, Jr.: Work and Legacy (co-sponsored with other groups)
Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University, Presiding


Saturday, Nov. 22 - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

John B. Cobb, Jr., has exerted extraordinary influence on how scholars think about a wide range of topics. In addition to being a foremost spokesman for process theology, Cobb's work on economics, liberal theology, postmodernism, ecology, Wesleyan theology, politics, metaphysics, feminism, religious pluralism, science and religion, and more is remarkable. Cobb has authored more than 50 books, co-established a major theological center for research, and is recognized around the world as an extraordinary scholar of transdisciplinary studies. His stamp on theology -- especially in America and China -- is indelible. As Cobb nears his 90th birthday (Feb. 2015), this quad-sponsored session honors his intellectual legacy. Panelists explore Cobb's contributions to many subjects, and Cobb will be present in the session to respond.

Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology
Catherine Keller, Drew University
Gary J. Dorrien, Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary
Michael Lodahl, Point Loma Nazarene University
Marit Trelstad, Pacific Lutheran University
Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College

John B. Cobb, Jr.
Theme: Twentieth Anniversary of Book, The Openness of God (IVP Academic, 1994)
Brenda Colijn, Ashland Theological Seminary, Presiding


Sunday, Nov. 23 - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

In 1994, The Openness of God hit bookshelves and created a stir. Co-written by Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John Sanders, William Hasker, and David Basinger, the book offered "a biblical challenge to the traditional understanding of God." The position advocated by the co-authors said God grants freedom to humans, is involved in genuine interaction with creation, takes risks, and does not know the future exhaustively. What has come to be called "open theism" was born. Since 1994, the open theism movement has been criticized variously. But open theology has grown and expanded in ways the original authors could have never imagined. It has become one of the major theological options embraced by those in religious academia, in local Christian congregations, in philosophical circles, and has influenced the science and theology discussion. In this session, three of The Openness of God authors and three respondents talk about what has transpired before and after the book was published 20 years ago. The authors reflect on where open theology has come and where it might be going. Respondents address particular questions about open theology's relationship to the Church, the academy, and various sciences.

Richard Rice, Loma Linda University
John Sanders, Hendrix College
David Basinger, Roberts Wesleyan College

Bethany Sollereder, University of Exeter
Timothy Moore
Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University


Business Meeting:
Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University

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