Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

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 most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

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

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

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

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write from the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Friday, November 19, 2021

Index - Quantum Cosmology & Evolution


Related Indexed Articles here:

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Process Essays by R.E. Slater

Quantum Physics and Questions of Time

R.E. Slater - What is Processual Primordial Time before the Big Bang? <-- recommended

Process-Based Evolution

This section begins to transition away from process-based evolution towards academic evolution as taught in colleges and universities. Here we'll move from a God-filled process-based cosmos to an academic arrangement of evolution with regard for only scientific findings. - re slater

The Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere

RIP Naturalist E.O. Wilson

As introduction, Scot McKnight's unnamed friend, RJS, produced a series of 9 articles in 2011 reflecting on C.John Collin's latest 2011 book, Did Adam and Even Really Exist? Perhaps, from a progressive evangelical viewpoint. Later, the next year, Pete Enns produced a new book on the same material but from a definite progressive perspective. At the time anything of McKnight's Jesus Creed I found was helpful as I later did with Pete Enns. Enjoy the conversation below. - re slater

The Search for the Historical Adam

Jan 5, 2012

Sep 21, 2011

Sep 13, 2011

Sep 6, 2011

Aug 18, 2011

Aug 9, 2011

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Jun 3, 2011

Jun 3, 2011

I recently took a class at Calvin University in the Fall of 2021 led by two highly known speakers from Biologos which had lately situated itself in a move from California under Francis Collins as he was retiring to the campus of Calvin University. During it's six week session on "What does it Mean to be Human?" I could not dissuade the teachers from their approaching the subject of man as unique to the created world. My preferred process-based approach was to see man as intimately connected with the constantly evolving earth. One of my examples (there are many) was that of consciousness as being shared by other creatures since this feature of humanity seems so singularly unique to classic theistic thinking. That, if anything, man is unique in only the expansion of certain of our facilities but not in the possession of them even as bat, birds, and fish are unique in their visualization of the magnetospheres of the Earth.
Hence, as you explore Biologos here - and at their website - be aware that at this point they will pursue a perspective lying somewhere between conservative and progressive evangelical theism with all its old classicisms and arguments as expressed over the centuries. Even so, Biologos may be a starting point for many coming to the relatively new Christian perspective of a God-filled evolutionary creation. I list these articles to help inform, challenge, and and begin to re-orientate how one read's the Scriptures. Once ingested, feel free to roam the process worlds of evolution which move away from Platonism and into the quantum worlds of anthropology and evolution. - re slater

Biologos Articles

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

For hundreds more articles on evolution and the Christian faith please refer to the topics listed under "Science - xxxxx". The Indices created - such as this one here - take more time than I have to give and contain only some of the many articles which have been written or edited in the early years of sorting out my Christian faith from its past and into its present.
During this time of self-examination I quickly found it to be a very difficult transition which could've easily seen me simply slip away into the oblivion corridors of Nones & Dones. But thankfully the Lord would not have it and kept my spirit to the task of finding a way out. And so, I leave it to those living in the same spiritual vacuums of darkness as I, who are thrashing through the Christian epistemologies of being bludgeoned for leaving the faith and offering no assistance but gossip and slander, I offer this site here. Hopefully it provides to fellow travellers some helpful directions in knowing where to turn, whom to listen to, and more importantly, not moving from one area of life to slip into a similar spot just as discouraging.
I also leave my journey to show just how hard it is to transition from the wilderness of fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism into the present day. But that it can be done without losing one's faith. In fact, for myself, I feel my faith has grown far more and has been greatly enhanced when willing to enter into it with the uncertainty and doubt which I had been forewarned to avoid. So much so, that this newer mindset allowed me to ably deconstruct, then reconstruct, a newer contemporary faith based upon better theological foundations and redactive elements I would never have found had the Lord not stopped me where I was and took me away into His high hiding places to sort things out. Blessings. - R.E. Slater