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

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Index - Process Christianity




Index - Process Christianity

A Study of Biblical & Systematic Theologies
in Contemporary Societal Context


Christian systematic theology will often touch on some or all of the following topics: God, trinitarianism, revelation, creation and divine providence, theodicy, theological anthropology, Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology, Israelology, Bibliology, hermeneutics, sacrament, pneumatology, Christian life, Heaven, and interfaith statements on other religions.

Traditionally, systematic (major) themes of the bible speak to God, His revealed works of creation, provision, judgment, deliverance, covenants, and promises. Further, the bible tells what happens to mankind in the light of God's nature, righteousness, faithfulness, mercy, and love.

One might also imagine the bible in terms of spiritual themes:
  • Spirituality as a belief in God (a higher power or religion)
  • Spirituality as a channel that helps
  • Spirituality as a source
  • Spirituality expressed through actions such as praying, meditating, and attending church
  • God is present and giving
  • Spirituality as one's essence
Lastly, biblical studies may be exegetical, thematic or topical, and necessarily conversant with contemporary society. To these ends, the bible may be explained through church traditions and worship, in terms of denominational doctrine, or terms of (lately) evangelical, progressive, or liberal observations, and lastly in terms of social works of helps and assistance.


Progressive Christianity takes all of the above to express belief and faith in the newer terms of process philosophy and theology which embraces more easily science and reason than have the more traditional biblical approaches which generally eschew extra-biblical sources as informing the literary reading of an ancient cultus.

As example, Process Christianity can be right at home in Lutheran, Reformed, Orthodox, or Catholic teachings but can better integrate the postmodern worlds of polypluralism, social justice, equality of humanitarian rights, post-capital and post-communist economics doctrinnaires, and political philosophies.

Process Christianity embraces Process Thought to assist in replacing earlier outmoded philosophies which have informed the church's classic theologies through the centuries with more current philosophies which are less restricting or confining of God and creation.

Moreover, Process Christianity may also intersect well with the liberal theologies of feminism, gay and transgender studies, ecological societies, peace movements, and religious interfaith movements. As example, Judaism, Islam, even Buddhism, may all participate around various forms of process theology to expand conversations while delimiting more controversial topics of faith and belief.

Lastly, Process Christianity carries with it it's own Natural Theology which provides a complimentary witness to the bible while resonating well with the quantum physics of chaos; the teleological themes of spacetime, purpose, meaning, and divine immanence; even the holistic processual processes of lively contemporaneous evolutionary development of life as expressed in evolutionary terms of the sciences, creation, human civilization, languages, and the phenomenological / existential structures of the human mind.

In all things Processual Process Christianity is a higher-order of integrating philosophy then previous thought expressions found in earlier ancient Semitic, Platonic, Neo-Platonic, Aristotelian, Thomastic, or Modern philosophies have been able to express regarding who we are, what must we do, what purposes may we live for, or what might be the end of all things?

R.E. Slater
June 16, 2021

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Stellar Evolution - Large-Scale Cosmic Filaments in Angular Momentum


Artist's impression of the Doppler shift of a cosmic filament. (AIP/A. Khalatyan/J. Fohlmeister)


Astronomers Just Detected Possibly The
Largest Rotating Structures in The Universe

June 16, 2021


Although the night sky changes very little on human timescales, the Universe is not a static place.

We wheel about in motion around the galactic center. Stars are born, and die in violent explosions. Galaxies collide.

And, for the first time, astronomers have just found evidence that some of the largest structures in the cosmos rotate, on a scale of hundreds of millions of light-years. If validated, it would represent the largest rotating structure ever seen - suggesting that angular momentum can be generated on absolutely mind-blowing scales.

The structure in question is a cosmic filament, a long, cylindrical structure of dark matter, spanning intergalactic space as a sort of bridge between galaxy clusters. These filaments are strands of a vast cosmic web, via which galaxies and star-forming material are channeled into the cluster nodes.

This means galaxies can be found along the filament, too, not just within the clusters. This gives scientists a tool for identifying rotational motion within the filament itself.

"By mapping the motion of galaxies in these huge cosmic superhighways using the Sloan Digital Sky survey - a survey of hundreds of thousands of galaxies - we found a remarkable property of these filaments: they spin," said astrophysicist Peng Wang of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in Germany.



The filaments are hundreds of millions of light-years in length, but just a few million light-years in diameter. On such large scales, we won't be able to see the galaxies actually moving, but luckily for us, the light of a moving object still gives it away.

It's called Doppler shifting, changes in the wavelength of light depending on whether it's moving towards or away from the viewer. Wavelengths of light from an approaching object will appear to shorten slightly towards the blue end of the spectrum, or blueshift; wavelengths from receding objects will lengthen, or redshift.

By carefully studying the light from galaxies on cosmic filaments and comparing them to each other, astronomers found that galaxies on one side of the filament were redshifted in comparison to the other side. This is exactly what you would expect to see if the galaxies were in vortical motion perpendicular to the filament's spine.

"On these scales the galaxies within them are themselves just specks of dust," explained cosmographer Noam Libeskind of AIP.

"They move on helices or corkscrew-like orbits, circling around the middle of the filament while travelling along it. Such a spin has never been seen before on such enormous scales, and the implication is that there must be an as yet unknown physical mechanism responsible for torquing these objects."

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Figuring out what that mechanism is could help astronomers figure out how angular momentum is generated in the cosmos. Currently, it's a mystery; in the early Universe, according to our cosmological models, there was no rotation - matter moved from less dense to more dense regions.

One theory, described as tidal torque, suggests the presence of a shearing force might have added a bit of a twist, but we simply don't know enough to even begin to take it seriously in models of cosmic evolution.

Because galaxies are connected and fed by cosmic filaments, these structures play an intimate role in the formation and evolution of galaxies, including their rotation. However, whether the filaments themselves spin had previously only been theorized.

The discovery that they do will help us better understand the emergence of angular momentum in the Universe, and the role the cosmic web plays in regulating it.

"It's fantastic to see this confirmation that intergalactic filaments rotate in the real Universe, as well as in computer simulation," Libeskind said.

The research has been published in Nature Astronomy.