Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. – Tripp Fuller

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

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - 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) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

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

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Process Christianity Has Many Forms which are Distinctly Different from Traditional Christianity




Process Christianity Has Many Forms which are
Distinctly Different from Traditional Christianity

by R.E. Slater


Presently I wish to expand Christianity towards Process Theology layered with Open and Relation Theology. I describe this form of Christian faith as Process Christianity. It is a new way of biblically thinking about God and the Christian faith along with religion in general. One which I have been tinkering around the edges on for the last several years and now believe may be ready to be shared in more concrete forms of thought and practice. To it I have also been adding Progressive Christian thoughts and ideas re social justice et al. Though Progressive Christianity is unrelated to Process Christianity they, together, form a helpful binary speaking Jesus into the world of man and creation.

Moreover, I consider my former education and training in Evangelical Theology built upon Covenant Reformed Theology to have assisted me in taking Christianity's traditional systematic forms by re-expressing them into broken religious cultures. A Christianity which I believe is perhaps more ready to consider newer, more successful forms of thought and deed within contemporary expression of  the Christian faith. How it might look at the world and itself. Perhaps critique itself more honestly. Perhaps even release itself from ungodly Christian beliefs and practices holding it back from serving Jesus more faithing than is being observed in parts of its wayward fellowships.

Let me begin...

Introduction

The bible for me reads of God's Love. And where it fails, as it often does with God's people, we read of unloving acts within the bible by religious people saying, "God told them to kill, to murder, to stone their son or daughter." Religious people probably have been the greatest threat to the Gospel of Jesus since Abraham set out at the command of God from Ur of the Chaldees. Where Jesus says to love and to serve mankind in love and kindness, the religious zealot stands up and shouts exclusion, discrimination, and ugly bastardized "forms of holiness" marked by fleshly deed or act supposedly to show one's fidelity to God (abstinence, mortifying the body, diet, duty, isolation, etc).

This is a God I don't know. A God built in religious man's image of pride and legalism.

So yes, I read the bible differently from some of my conservative brethren whom I came up through the ranks within church, bible school, seminary, ministries, and fellowships. Not all our zealots of the bad kind. Many are zealots of the good kind knowing right from wrong. Knowing wisdom from foolishness.

And yes, if for nothing else, Christianity must be about love and forgiveness, mercy and grace, newness and reclamation of new from old, from darkness to light, from death to life. Through all of this God has provided redemption through His Son Jesus who, paradoxically, is God's very Self who offered Himself up for creation's salvation.




The God of the Possible

Speaking of Jesus, as a Process Theologian I see God embedded into every structure of His creation. There is not an area where God cannot be "found". But unlike pantheism which says God is creation and creation is God, panentheism says that God is distinctly the first process of all creation which processes burst from His Being or Essence into creation.

God is not creation but is embedded fully into creation as its first process subtending all future relational processes. Process which, like God's own divine Essence, are full of freedom, agency, novelty, creativity, and wellbeing... as much as it can be expressed in a fallen world of rogue agencies.

Classic church dogma describes creation as something with a fallen or sinful freewill agency. But to be more accurate, creation is as full of God as it is of agency because agency - not the sinful, fallen part - is a part of who God is. God is a freewill Being. So too is creation which he "birthed" (non-Jewish, creatio ex nihilo) or "organized" (Jewish Shalom, creatio continua).

So, to be clear, creation and creational processes are a divine thing. A beautiful thing, struggling as much as mankind is, with the blessing of freewill. We may look as much on a sunset and see beauty as we may on one another.

Further, Process Christianity tends to acknowledge the beauty of creation while admitting its fallenness. Whereas traditional Christianity tends to acknowledge the ugliness of the world and people while sometimes admitting (grudgingly, it seems) that it can be beautiful.

The dilemma the traditional church fights is binary dualism. Whereas Process Theology would see a thing or a system in its "wholeness, completeness, in solidarity with itself to all things." So, Process Theology stands more on the side of Hebraic thought rather than the Westernized binary thought of the traditional church.


Process is Everywhere

Now let me say something radical... even as (cosmo)panexistentialism is found throughout process creation, so too is (cosmo)panpsychism.... That is, creation "feels" itself, or reacts to itself, throughout the body of its "living organism". Which means that all created things carry God's Self as first process in some manner within it. Whether we describe this feeling as an energy or a force, a sentient feeling or compassion, a consciousness or not, in some way the universe moves within and without itself in whole and in part.

This does not mean that process theology bends towards the ideas of New Ageism or Buddhism in some fashion, but that by its definition some cults, religions, or lifestyles may identify more readily with it than other faiths or life philosophies which stress individualism, isolation, or self-centric living. Disney's Lion King calls it the "circle of life". Process thinking takes the circle of life and expands on its theme in every direction.

So then, as God is relational - so is creation (cosmopanexistentialism, more broadly). As God feels - so does creation (cosmopanpsychism, more broadly). The God who is distinctly different (ontologically) is also distinctly a part of creation through-and-through-and-through (metaphysically).


Carpe Diem - Gloria Soli was designed by Joachim Metz in 2005


A Redeemed Process Creation

Which brings me to Jesus. We have noted that in a process creation there exists a panpsychic connection of some kind - or a feeling of some kind - which is resident throughout creation. So too is freewill agency bound (or birthed) from God to creation in some manner.

All of God's goodness, love, healing and wellbeing is resident within creational process even as it contends within itself what to do with those godly qualities of novel restoration. One kind of quality derives from God. Another kind of quality derives from the created thing. Anything not good, not loving, not healing or producing wellbeing are shades of the possible, the potential, of opportunity which can be borne within creation unto itself and to God.

Creation is a good thing. But it needs a revitalizing redemptive agency. This agency is God's Self through Jesus, as the Son of the Triunity responding to the Father of the Triunity through the revitalizing power of the Holy Spirit of the Triunity.

Creation “as it should be” has been given its energy drink, its Gatorade, its blood transfusion through Jesus's atoning work of salvation. Creation has been empowered to become, to be more than itself, to bring beauty into a world of potential, of the possible, of the opportune. Freewill submitted to the resurrection power of Christ is the energy force of the future. This speaks to Process Restoration and Renewal through time and event.




A Process God of Beauty

Finally, in some folks beauty can be found as a little bit or none at all. In others, perhaps more sensitively attuned to "Godness" or beauty, it can be felt or seen a bit more fully. Jesus was full of Godness. God, as the Incarnate God (OT Scripture describes such a divine Being as Messiah, God Come in the Flesh), uses the structure of His creation to provide a conscientiously divine way to offer atoning redemption within the deep processes of the world.

As such, within the world of creation, or the cosmos as the bible calls it, can be found a teleology striving towards valuative atoning redemption. Even in the violence of the storm one can feel its energy seeking release from an oppressive agency driving it forwards (now I speak here in metaphorical terms using phenomenological language). But wherever one turns their attention in this world one can see God in some way or manner or form through the thing created. In its beauty but not in its sin or evil.

Process Theology does this too. It seeks to see God everywhere, in every moment, through every event. But rather than to describe God in the Westernized Greek Platonic forms of an omniscient eternal Object, Process Theology describes God as moment-by-moment process event wherein God inhabits the very processes He subtended at the birth of creation.

There are no eternal objects in reality, only in human existential thought describing the world around us phenomenologically. Process removes the God who is far away, who is transcendent above us, who is so holy and perfect as to be untouchable, unreachable by his creation which groans for God.

Nay, Process Theology says this Process God is everywhere. That God is here now, not far. That God is embedded all around us and not some eternal object we cannot reach. That God's holiness and perfectness is being exhibited and felt at every moment around us for our good and wellbeing as much as it can be in a fallen creation.

That we can touch God in the embrace of another. That we can see, smell, hear, speak to God in the earth we walk and the society we keep. The object is the event. The event is God. A God present with us because this is how he made the world. Though ontologically different from us in His Being God is metaphysically with us in every facet of creation.




The God Who Is the Future

Which also answers the question of whether God knows the future. If God is perceived to be an eternal object this would be important to know. But as embedded process subtending future processes it is a moot question.

God is not an Object but an Event. So is our life. It is composed of the ever present here-and-now as it flows from our past into our future. Succinctly, the past-present-future for creaturely things is an "always present". We remember the past, we feel the present, and we perceive some form of our future rightly or wrongly. But the moment we live in is the present NOW.

Even as our lives are lived as a present event, so too does God flow through all past and present events into the future. God doesn't know the future because it is unknowable - even to God (this is Open Theism). Rather, God is the FUTURE. As event expands forward into timeful event even so does God flow presently with the flow of all things past and present. God therefore is a process, not an object.

Yes, yes, yes, this is hard to imagine. It hurts one's head to step away from what we think we know into the quantum creational structures which we are coming to know within the sciences. But the sciences are describing what Whitehead found. He found a kind of reality which can only be described as a process reality. Not a phenomenological reality which we make up as temporal, immortal beings striving for eternality.

The beauty of Process Christianity is that it can let go of its fears and uncertainties and simply learn to be beautiful, loving, life-makers instead of death-eaters. We flow through time as much as our Father-God Creator does.

Mind you, NOT "float" through time, as some blithely do through life. But "flow" through time as an active energy creating meaningful presents and subtending moments into the ponds of life we are thrown. Ripple upon ripple, perhaps building into tidal waves of magnificent, godly change. We don't know. We do not live our lives for ourselves but within the lives and eventful structures around us. Each life and each event making their own ripples and currents. Into these waters we must learn to swim, kayak, canoe - or even, create new streams, rivers and oceans.

Some wish to build earthen dams, stony forts, and occupy geographies where time stands still. For the Process Christian we wish to seize the moment, Carpe diem!  The choice is our as it ever was. 

R.E. Slater
April 29, 2021





Process Christianity: "Farewell to Secular Evangelicalism"




Process Christianity:
"Farewell to Secular Evangelicalism"

by R.E. Slater


A long time ago I attended a class or two with Scot McKnight, then a very good basketball player for the college's varsity team. I've met or spoken to him a few times since but mainly have followed him on-and-off over the more recent years as I have developed the Relevancy22 website.

I consider Scot a sound Christian resource and influential NT Scholar in the world of evangelicalism. Though there are many evangelic preachers and theologians I would wish people would not follow, there are many others, like Scot, who serve as an excellent baseline for Reformed Theology. Especially in the area of expanded Covenant Reformed Theology standing alongside of Progressive Christianity.

To this foundation Scot has worked to incorporate many of the newer line thinkings of his faith as he envisions Jesus for the masses and not only for the evangelical church at large. Which means you'll find relevant discussion on evolution, biblical and systematic studies in the OT and NT, relevant issues on social justice and black theology, and perhaps, ecology. I've even noticed that he will critique his own reader's and their beliefs which I view as a help to the evangelical faith.

What I do not expect to find in any of Scot's discussions are his thoughts on Process Theology as the newest direction for the church to consider as it approaches the traditional bible from a cogent philosophical/theological perspective. This would not be dissimilar to other bible interpretations of the past found in the biblical narratives as prophets of the bible to the ancient theologians to this present era as all have spoken within their own philosophical contexts. From the many worlds of Semetic thought, to Sumerian, Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Reformational, Scholasticism, and such like. The only difference here is that the church never delineated its philosophical assumptions from its theological interpretations. It simply presumed its eclectic mishmash of philosophical thoughts to be right, and true, and "of God".

All Biblical Systems are Founded on Cultural Philosophies

Today's more informed theologians will preface their remarks by delineating what kind of philosophical context and religious tradition they are speaking out from. Typically, the nominal Christian will tend to ignore the philosophical contexts of the church's past creeds and doctrinal dogmas - including their own present existential contexts and presumptions of God and the bible. But be assured they are alive and well within any faith setting. 

For the religion of evangelicalism, it writes from the broad cultural bias of a plethora of Westernized philosophies bathed in the cultures of American and British values. In Europe, those philosophies would be more Continental Philosophy bathed in German idealism et al. So for me to say that the bible may now be considered from within a process philosophical context is simply acknowledging the setting which "biblical" theologies have tended not to do within their own settings. If I am to presume at all then it is my assertion that Process Philosophy seems the more applicable in our quantum world of the 21st Century.

Moreover, process theology is not unlike the biblical or systematic theologies attempting to overlay the bible with their own sets of meaning which we in the world of American evangelicalism tend to think of as the "correct" interpretations of the bible. But it is only "correct" in that it is approved by a larger set of followers in those traditions. Traditions rooted in the eclectic past but not in the more focused present.

The Roots of Process Theology as a Metaphysic

Process philosophy (as is Process Theology) are rooted in the near present starting with Alfred North Whitehead's development of it in the early 1900s. Since that date, it has slowly been appearing in the sciences and in philosophical discussions (sometimes linked to Alain Badiou's Being and Event or GWF Hegel's Hegelianism).

For myself, I've noticed structured process thinking in the realm of quantum computing which is displacing the 20th Century's hybridized Boolean systems found throughout silicon-based high-speed computing. Newer orders of material mediums such as quantum entanglement will require newer orders of processing mediums such as process thought. As such, Process Thought is being found to be quite flexible in adapting the newer quantum medium to the technologies of the 21st Century.


Whiteheadian Process Thought is a cosmological metaphysic continuing the Hegelian effort of cosmogency begun several hundred years ago until it was replaced by the reductionism of the universe in terms of a machine-like, law-and-order kind of cosmogeny. This then bled over into social forms and morays, economics, politics, legal codes, etc. Under Whitehead, reductionism was left behind by reasserting that the universe is full of chaos, randomness, being, and event. It does not operate like a clockwork mechanism but more like a living and reactive organism ensnared in the processes of flow and interchange within itself as a whole.

And as a metaphysic it must then interplay with ontology, epistemology, and the many disciplines of contemporary scientific study. Process Philosophy is being viewed as an Integral Theory displacing all previous integral theories such as Platonism, Aristotlienism, and any other subtending philosophical approaches. As application, Process-based earth restoration in developing ecological civilizations will be profound even as China has been incorporating process features throughout its own ecological programs.

We live in a Process World

Consequently, the metaphysician Whitehead had stumbled upon an idea of reality which fits in with how the world operates from a quantum level to a biological level. A world of process. A process world of sociology, community, timeful event and era, human and organic psyche, movement, transport, learning, and so on. One should not think then that Process Thought cannot be applied on a spiritual or a religious level. Nor should one think that it cannot be found in the bible. If one knew what Process Thought was and how to look for it, then one should be able to see it everywhere in biblical theology. Even as John Calvin or Jacobus Arminius looked for their opposing systems in the bible, so too has this similar effort been done innumerable times before within the Church and by Gnostic sects setting themselves apart from the Church's official dogmas.

If Process Thought is true, as it seems it is in the world of science, then it nicely bundles up how we might rethink of God and His teachings in the bible as a whole and in its parts. Which is the beauty of the bible in meeting the needs of societies as they age and mature in perspective and value over time. Examples abound in today's contemporary matters of ethics and morals: Black Lives Matter, Minority Rights, Immigration Policy, Economic Security and Equality for the Impoverished and Middle Classes of Democracy, and even the Expansion of Constitutional Rights and Liberties of Citizens of an expanding, polypluralistic Democracy competing against non-democratic populist groups and Autocracies (such as evangelical culture's dominionist mindsets)

If I view the bible as being applicable to every age of man, then we need a bible which speaks to every age or era in the tongues of the vernacular. Missionaries and Evangelists have been doing this for years. Look at the story of Peace Child which stopped cannabalistic practice by exchanging tribal chiefs' progeny to their rival to be raised as their own in suing for peace between warring tribes. In the words of the Indo-Asian missionary, this God had done by offering His Son to the world. Or in the days of prohibition when a street preacher stood on the corners of Cicero, Chicago, shouted at gangsters as they gunned down one another to stop and repent. Good preaching must be relevant preaching. Relevant teaching uses all the tools at hand which God gives into the minds and hearts of those burdened with preaching the gospel of Jesus in all its forms and ways.


Process Theology Can Be Radically Salvific

In my mind, I would wager Process Theology will be quite in vogue twenty years from now. It tells a clearer story of God as Creator and Savior; of God's love centered in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to the world; of the world we live in and are to lean into rather than out of waiting for the proverbial heaven; and of a bible having become stilted in its readings and apprehensions by the secularized church.

Process Theology treats the bible on its own terms without forcing in layered assumptions and interpretations of its text. It will challenge all religions, including Christianity, and provide a common nexus for all national cultures and contexts to speak to one another from within. For myself, God has become more relatable, far closer, more intimate with the world I live in. The bible tells of this God in ways which updates the bible away from the common practices of evangelicalism literalizing its pages while creating an air of biblicism around the bible. Making the bible more magical than comporting with literary reality as process theology would do.
I could go on and on but for first-time Christians, or for those interested in Christianity, we should set a baseline of faith. In this case, I am choosing Scot McKnight as one of the more relevant voices of what a good, evangelic faith should look like. How it should breathe, walk, and talk, without all the dominionist, kingdom reconstructivist, or Trumpian talk of forcing secularized religious dogma upon a pluralistic democracy craving respect and dignity. True Christianity does not seek to enforce draconian religious laws into the reading of the United States Constitution by quasi-church supremacy beliefs. No, its seeks Jesus. To love as Jesus loved. To serve as Jesus served. Process Theology (as a formal structure) coupled with the (unrelated) social movement of Progressive Christianity will do that. And is being done now.

In summary, evangelicalism has breathed its last under this past pre-pandemic Covid19 era. The result has been to move God further away from us than ever before. Any church wishing to preach Jesus has been harmed in its gospel by the far-right Christian nationalist movement arguing for guns and personal liberties over the greater good of humanity itself.

I'm pretty sure God doesn't want the church's religious approval on what it means to be a Christian when God said, "All Who Are Weary, Come Unto Me." Process Christianity thinks this way too. All may come... and that without any prior qualifications. We come as we are not as we should be. This is the old timey gospel that has more recently been lost in the Moral Majority and 1990s Bible Inerrancy movements of Secular Evangelicalism. Its time to say "Farewell" to the evangelical church and to move forward in acclaiming the love of God for all, to all, and through all unto others. Amen.

R.E. Slater
April 29, 2021


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Meet Scot McKnight
His Body of Work: Northern Seminary


SCOT MCKNIGHT
Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament

(630) 620-2113

Dr. Scot McKnight is a world-renowned speaker, writer, professor and equipper of the Church. He is a recognized authority on the historical Jesus, early Christianity, and the New Testament. His blog, Jesus Creed, is a leading Christian blog.

Dr. McKnight’s most recent books include Reading Romans Backwards and Pastor Paul.

A sought after speaker, he has been interviewed on several radio and television programs as well as spoken at numerous local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and around the world. Scot McKnight is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for New Testament Studies.

McKnight’s books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Portuguese.


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The Jesus Creed is hosted on Patheos, an all-inclusive religious website. When searching on Scot's Blog be careful to search on it and not on the Patheos menu bar directly above the Jesus Creed. Remember, the Jesus Creed is hosted by Patheos. Essentially it is one of many blogs within the Patheos Community.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/


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Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight
Scot McKnight ACU Summit 2013.JPG
McKnight speaking at ACU's Summit in 2013
BornNovember 9, 1953
NationalityAmerican
OccupationNew Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, speaker, author and blogger
Spouse(s)Kristen
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis (1986)
Academic work
InstitutionsNorth Park University
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary


Scot McKnight (born November 9, 1953) is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, and author who has written widely on the historical Jesusearly Christianity and Christian living. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lisle, IL.[1][2] McKnight is an ordained Anglican with anabaptist leanings, and has also written frequently on issues in modern anabaptism.[3][4]

Childhood and Education

McKnight was raised in Freeport, Illinois. He earned a B.A. from Grand Rapids Baptist College (now known as Cornerstone University), an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and, in 1986, a PhD from the University of Nottingham, where he studied under James Dunn, who is known for his work on the New Perspective on Paul.

Career

McKnight was the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University from 1994 to 2012. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

McKnight is a prolific author, and has written more than fifty books. One of his most popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living, and has spawned a number of popular small group studies and a DVD series.[5]

McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed (formerly hosted by Beliefnet and now by Patheos) is currently one of the most popular Evangelical blogs online.[6]

McKnight is a popular author and speaker on issues related to the emerging church; his blog was named the most popular blog online related to the movement.[7][8][9] He has supported many of the movement's aims. In recent years, however, he has expressed concern about the direction of the movement, particularly regarding the "emergent" stream within the emerging church and some of the work of Brian McLaren.[10] McKnight and California pastor Dan Kimball more or less officially broke with the emerging movement, and have since formed ReGeneration, an initiative that focuses on ministry to and with young adults.

McKnight has lectured in numerous countries, including Canada, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, England, and Ireland. He has also been identified with the New Perspective on Paul.[11][12][13]

In April 2014 McKnight announced that he had joined the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), a denomination founded by former members of The Episcopal Church. ACNA is not a member of the Anglican Communion.[14][circular reference] On April 26, 2014 he was ordained into Anglican Holy Orders as a Deacon at Church of the Redeemer in Highwood, Illinois.[15] In January 2017, McKnight began a series of posts explaining more about his transition into the Anglican tradition. He emphasized how much the church calendar was key in his decision to become Anglican, and included screen shots from Robert Webber's 2004 book Ancient Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year.[16]

Personal life

McKnight and his wife, Kristen, a psychologist, live in Libertyville, Illinois and have two grown children.[17] He and his daughter, Laura Barringer, coauthored the children's version of The Jesus Creed, called Sharing God's Love: The Jesus Creed for Children (2014).

Works

Books

Chapters

  • ——— (2008). "Jesus as mamzer ("illegitimate son")". In ———; Modica, Joseph B. (eds.). Who do my Opponents Say I Am?: an investigation of the accusations against Jesus. Library of New Testament Studies. 327. London: T & T Clark. pp. 133–63. ISBN 978-0-567-03126-6OCLC 170035734.

Articles

  • ——— (1990). "James 2:18a: The Unidentifiable Interlocutor". Westminster Theological Journal52 (2): 355–364.
  • ——— (1992). "The Warning Passages of Hebrews: A Formal Analysis and Theological Conclusions". Trinity Journal13 (1): 21–59.

References

  1. ^ "Scot McKnight". Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Northern Seminary | Scot McKnight Joins Northern Seminary". Seminary.edu. April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Anabaptists: What, who, what?". February 29, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Scot McKnight (March 25, 2007). "The Original Third Way: Anabaptism - Jesus Creed". Blog.beliefnet.com. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Jesus Creed: Loving God and Loving Others". Paracletepress.com. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Blogging at Patheos". Patheos.com. August 24, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
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  8. ^http://www.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/files/scot_mcknight_what_is_the_emerging_church.pdf
  9. ^ "Five Emerging Streams". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Brian McLaren's 'A New Kind of Christianity'". Retrieved March 27,2017.
  11. ^ "Jesus Creed - Scot McKnight on Jesus and orthodox faith for today". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight and the Gospel: Compared and Contrasted". October 22, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
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Books by Scot McKnight

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible 0310284880 Book Cover

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

Scot McKnight

$4.99 - $17.78

Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others 1557254001 Book Cover

Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

Scot McKnight

$4.19 - $25.23

The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 0310531454 Book Cover

The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited

Scot McKnight

$15.33

A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together 0310277671 Book Cover

A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together

Scot McKnight

$7.89 - $15.34

Fasting: The Ancient Practices 0849901081 Book Cover

Fasting: The Ancient Practices

Scot McKnight

$3.99 - $12.19

The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus 1557255237 Book Cover

The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus

Scot McKnight

$3.99 - $4.69

Galatians 0310484707 Book Cover

Galatians

Scot McKnight

$13.39 - $14.89

40 Days Living the Jesus Creed 1557255776 Book Cover

40 Days Living the Jesus Creed

Scot McKnight

$3.99 - $16.95

One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow 0310277663 Book Cover

One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow

Scot McKnight

$4.19 - $13.75

A Community Called Atonement (Living Theology) 0687645549 Book Cover

A Community Called Atonement (Living Theology)

Scot McKnight

$17.55

1 Peter 0310492904 Book Cover

1 Peter

Scot McKnight

$12.69 - $15.29

Who Was Jesus? (Rzim Critical Questions Discussion Guides) 0830831533 Book Cover

Who Was Jesus? (Rzim Critical Questions Discussion Guides)

Scot McKnight

$5.39

Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today 1557254818 Book Cover

Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today

Scot McKnight

$5.49 - $17.52

Introducing New Testament Interpretation (Guides to New Testament Exegesis) 0801062608 Book Cover

Introducing New Testament Interpretation (Guides to New Testament Exegesis)

Scot McKnight

$4.19 - $21.93

Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us 1557254532 Book Cover

Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us

Scot McKnight

$4.69

The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible's Truth About Life to Come 1601426283 Book Cover

The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible's Truth About Life to Come

Scot McKnight

$5.19 - $7.69

Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church 0801097851 Book Cover

Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church

Scot McKnight

$19.05

Jesus Creed for Students: Loving God, Loving Others 155725883X Book Cover

Jesus Creed for Students: Loving God, Loving Others

Scot McKnight

$4.69 - $12.83

Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science 158743394X Book Cover

Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science

Scot McKnight

$18.26

Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels (Guides to New Testament Exegesis) 0801062357 Book Cover

Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels (Guides to New Testament Exegesis)

Scot McKnight

$5.69

Turning to Jesus:  The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels 0664225144 Book Cover

Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels

Scot McKnight

$8.29 - $25.77

A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing 1496446003 Book Cover

A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing

Scot McKnight

$20.17

The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us 1601426313 Book Cover

The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us

Scot McKnight

$4.19 - $4.69

Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire 1481308777 Book Cover

Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire

Scot McKnight

$29.92

Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us 1601426348 Book Cover

Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us

Scot McKnight

$7.49

Light Among the Gentiles: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period 0800624521 Book Cover

Light Among the Gentiles: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period

Scot McKnight

$27.39

Sermon on the Mount 031032713X Book Cover

Sermon on the Mount

Scot McKnight

$25.57

Sharing God's Love: The Jesus Creed for Chldren 1612615813 Book Cover

Sharing God's Love: The Jesus Creed for Chldren

Scot McKnight

$10.29 - $11.79

Galatians: Living in Freedom and Love (Bringing the Bible to Life) 0310320453 Book Cover

Galatians: Living in Freedom and Love (Bringing the Bible to Life)

Scot McKnight

$7.49 - $7.79

The Letter of James 080282627X Book Cover

The Letter of James

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

The Synoptic Gospels: An Annotated Bibliography (Ibr Bibliographies) 1841272108 Book Cover

The Synoptic Gospels: An Annotated Bibliography (Ibr Bibliographies)

Scot McKnight

$102.78


1 and 2 Thessalonians 0310327261 Book Cover

1 and 2 Thessalonians

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context (Studying the Historical Jesus) 0802842127 Book Cover

A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context (Studying the Historical Jesus)

Scot McKnight

$10.49 - $24.88

Following King Jesus: How to Know, Read, Live, and Show the Gospel 0310105994 Book Cover

Following King Jesus: How to Know, Read, Live, and Show the Gospel

Scot McKnight

$6.89 - $19.18

It Takes a Church to Baptize: What the Bible Says about Infant Baptism 1587434164 Book Cover

It Takes a Church to Baptize: What the Bible Says about Infant Baptism

Scot McKnight

$15.25

Church in the Present Tense: A Candid Look at What's Emerging 1587432994 Book Cover

Church in the Present Tense: A Candid Look at What's Emerging

Scot McKnight

$4.79

The Letter to the Colossians 0802867987 Book Cover

The Letter to the Colossians

Scot McKnight

$44.57

The Real Mary: Why Protestant Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus 1612619010 Book Cover

The Real Mary: Why Protestant Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus

Scot McKnight

$16.54

Perspectives on Paul: Five Views 1540960757 Book Cover

Perspectives on Paul: Five Views

Scot McKnight

$25.76 - $66.54

The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition: Rethinking How You Read the Bible 1799764117 Book Cover

The Blue Parakeet, 2nd Edition: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

The NIV Application Commentary, New Testament Set: Matthew - Revelation, 20-Volume Collection 0310118271 Book Cover

The NIV Application Commentary, New Testament Set: Matthew - Revelation, 20-Volume Collection

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

To You All Hearts Are Open: Revitalizing the Church's Pattern of Asking God 1640606165 Book Cover

To You All Hearts Are Open: Revitalizing the Church's Pattern of Asking God

Scot McKnight

$13.76

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church 1587434261 Book Cover

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church

Scot McKnight

$19.38

Five Things Biblical Scholars Wish Theologians Knew 0830849351 Book Cover

Five Things Biblical Scholars Wish Theologians Knew

Scot McKnight

Releases 8/31/2021

Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory 1932792791 Book Cover

Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory

Scot McKnight

$45.82 - $61.36

The Heaven Promise: What the Bible Says about the Life to Come null Book Cover

The Heaven Promise: What the Bible Says about the Life to Come

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance 1629214698 Book Cover

A Long Faithfulness: The Case for Christian Perseverance

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

Comentario bíblico con aplicación NVI Gálatas: Del texto bíblico a una aplicación contemporánea 082975945X Book Cover

Comentario bíblico con aplicación NVI Gálatas: Del texto bíblico a una aplicación contemporánea

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

Sharing God's Love: The Jesus Creed for Children: Teacher Lesson  Activity Guide 1612616372 Book Cover

Sharing God's Love: The Jesus Creed for Children: Teacher Lesson Activity Guide

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

Scot McKnight Collection: Includes The Blue Parakeet, The Fellowship of Differents, King Jesus Gospel, and One.Life 0310531616 Book Cover

Scot McKnight Collection: Includes The Blue Parakeet, The Fellowship of Differents, King Jesus Gospel, and One.Life

Scot McKnight

Out of Stock

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy 1602581622 Book Cover

Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy

Scot McKnight

$8.29 - $35.45