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

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Index - Emergent Church Era II

OF THE 1990s to 2010s,
Part II

In Part 1, I've pretty much have figured out emergent Christianity for that stage of my life and concluded I wanted to be a part of its early movement even as I continued to examine and compare its doctrine and faith outcomes with mine own past experiences and education. Mostly I felt a deep pull to stay with it's nascent movement and make it my own.

Here, in Part II, is an earlier stage of my life where I had just joined Google blogger, was cautious about using my name by using an alias, skinhead, to indicate my de-constructing mode, and wrote around 72/73 articles before deciding it was ok to identify myself on the Internet and the disruption  I was profoundly experiencing. That the faith I was questioning needed a good cleansing and resurrection.

Thus proceeded a deconstructive and reconstructive periods in my life over a number of years as I moved from Calvinism to Arminianism; then updated Arminianism to become both an "open theology" and a "relational theology" which I put together as one on my own; then quickly stumbled across process theology which eventually caused me to pull in all my past writings and thinking towards this direction.

A philosophic direction which removed nearly every faith obstacle out there which previously was eclectically built of compoundingly unhelpful, non-processual, archetypal philosophies. It's cachaphonous noise disrupted the inner flow and rhythms of organic creation... but with process thought its simple tunes could be heard again.

That said, I have decided to leave my early articles on-line to share my Spirit-journey from fundamental and evangelical thought into what I thought was Christ-centered neo-orthodoxy... or at the very least, post-conservative evangelicalism. And yet it is neither of these but something else altogether different.

Eventually I landed in A.N. Whitehead's Philosophy of (Processual) Organism which then allowed further exploration of all things related to metaphysical and theological thought.... It allowed me to take the best of my past fundamental Baptist and conservative evangelical heritage - including the best of the emergent faith movement - to create a Christ-centric soteriology removed from Westernized, Hellenized, etc, philosophical Americana and placed upon a more ancient (Semitic/Hebraic) foundation using Hegel and later, Whitehead's, organic process-based philosophical foundations.

Through this difficult, epistemological faith-journey, I try to be honest with where I am moving from-and-towards as I look into every aspect of my faith naturalistically and spiritually. And for those who need direction this site here, Relevancy22, is an excellent place to begin. I try to leave it open-ended even though my own spirit yearns for definite statement built around loving outcome and humane humanitarianism coupled with responsible environmentalism. In all of this, vibrates Jesus and the kind of Jesus-salvation-and-resurrection which I think makes creation able to surmount the chaos of the world and universe.

In summary, however embarrassing some of my past statements and quandaries have been... please realize I had no one to turn to - and was largely on my own for a long time - as I wandered the wastelands of my antecedal faith lands.


R.E. Slater
February 7, 2024

~~ all articles are listed in chronological order from latest to earliest ~~

Emergent Events
Emergent Letters to Evangelicals

Emergent Sermons Archives - Rob Bell
Note: All of Rob's sermons have been monetized, meaning that they no longer exist at the church nor on the Internet. As substitute, you may go here at Rob's site known as The RobCast. From my time spent listening to Rob, Kent Dobson, and A.J. Sherill, each were good in their own way. Of the three, I thought AJ was the more grounded, Kent the more historical, and Rob shooting from the hip to see what fell. However, listening to Rob was like listening to Jesus. You just felt convicted all the time. He wasn't the first preacher in my experience like this but he was one of the most fierce. So if you can find his sermons use them. And pass on the link here that I might post them for others to listen to. Thank you.  - re slater

Rebirth: Towards An Open Bible and Emerging Faith   <--- again, one of my all time favs

Emergent v. Liberal Theology (5)

What is Theological Liberalism?   <-- no. 1

Christian Orthodoxy's 6-Point Manifesto:
  1. A God who is Creator-Redeemer
  2. A Special Revelation that is supernatural in origin
  3. A Christology that is Incarnational and Trinitarian
  4. Scriptures that are Inspirational and Authoritative
  5. A lost humanity requiring God's salvation
  6. A future that looks to Jesus Christ's return and rule