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

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

Monday, February 14, 2022

Alfred North Whitehead Quotes


Alfred North Whitehead, British Mathematician, Metaphysical Cosmologist


Alfred North Whitehead Quotes

Alfred North Whitehead, (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was an English mathematician and philosopher. He wrote on algebra, logic, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of science, physics, metaphysics, and education. Whitehead supervised the doctoral dissertations of Bertrand Russell and Willard Van Orman Quine, thus influencing logic and virtually all of analytic philosophy. He co-authored the epochal Principia Mathematica with Russell and later the metaphysical treatise Process and Reality.


“If you went in search of it, you would not find the boundaries of the soul, though you traveled every road—so deep is its logos.
—Heraclitus


“Thoughts are an independent power, continuing to act on their own, growing in such a way that they restrain their own mother (the soul).”
—Schelling


“The account of the sixth day should be written, He gave them speech, and they became souls.”
—Whitehead

 





How the past perishes is how the future becomes.
- Alfred North Whitehead


What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority 
then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.
- Alfred North Whitehead


 
In a certain sense, everything is everywhere at all times. For every location involves an aspect of itself in every other location. Thus every spatio-temporal standpoint mirrors the world. - Alfred North Whitehead 



Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
- Alfred North Whitehead


The real history does not get written, because it is
not in people's brains but in their nerves and vitals.
- Alfred North Whitehead




If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but
if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
- Alfred North Whitehead




What we perceive as the present is the vivid
fringe of memory tinged with anticipation.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Each human being is a more complex structure
than any social system to which he belongs.
- Alfred North Whitehead





Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when
philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
- Alfred North Whitehead



“Philosophy is akin to poetry,
where both seek to express that ultimate good sense
which we term civilization. In each case there is reference
to form beyond the direct meanings of words.
Poetry allies itself to metre [to music!],
[as] philosophy [does] to mathematical pattern.”
– Alfred North Whitehead, Modes of Thought, 174





I consider Christian theology to be one of
the great disasters of the human race.
- Alfred North Whitehead


Everyone is a philosopher. Not everyone is good at it.
- Alfred North Whitehead




There are no whole truths: All truths are half-truths.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
- Alfred North Whitehead




The mentality of mankind and the language of mankind created each other. If we like to assume the rise of language as a given fact, then it is not going too far to say that the souls of men are the gift from language to mankind. The account of the sixth day should be written: He gave them speech, and they became souls. - Alfred North Whitehead




We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
- Alfred North Whitehead


When you're average, you're just as close
to the bottom as you are the top.
- Alfred North Whitehead




Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
- Alfred North Whitehead




I consider Christianity to be one of the great disasters
of the human race... It would be impossible to imagine
anything more un-Christian-like than theology.
- Alfred North Whitehead


The worship of God is not a rule of safety - it is an
adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable.
- Alfred North Whitehead




Error is the price we pay for progress.
- Alfred North Whitehead




God is in the world, or nowhere, creating continually in us and around us. Insofar as man partakes of this creative process does he partake of the divine, of God, and that participation is his immortality. - Alfred North Whitehead