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The Divine Transcendence and Relation to Evil in Hartshorne's Dipolar Theism

The Divine Transcendence and Relation to Evil in Hartshorne's Dipolar Theism The Divine Transcendence and Relation to Evil in Hartshorne’s Dipolar Theism edgar a. towne Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN the title a bov e identifies two issues in Charles Hartshorne’s panenthe- istic understanding of God that, in my judgment, have not been sufficiently clarified. The purpose of this paper is to provide additional clarification, that the adequacy of this type of theism may be more carefully judged by its ad- mirers and by its detractors from their respective perspectives. The first part will identify central elements of Hartshorne’s reasoning about God’s relation to the world. The second part examines how Hartshorne speaks of a divine “transcendence” in a naturalistic metaphysics that is thoroughly empirical. The third part will examine the ways that God is related to the world’s evil and whether God is in some way responsible for this evil in a way that makes God morally culpable. The discussion will uncover significant differences from the way process theists, traditional theists, and non-theists have usually thought about creation, eternity, and everlastingness. Of course, in a naturalistic metaphysics, transcendence will have to be constructed in a way that differs from that in the metaphysics that undergirds classical (or traditional) theism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

The Divine Transcendence and Relation to Evil in Hartshorne's Dipolar Theism

The Pluralist , Volume 6 – Mar 18, 2011

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Abstract

The Divine Transcendence and Relation to Evil in Hartshorne’s Dipolar Theism edgar a. towne Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN the title a bov e identifies two issues in Charles Hartshorne’s panenthe- istic understanding of God that, in my judgment, have not been sufficiently clarified. The purpose of this paper is to provide additional clarification, that the adequacy of this type of theism may be more carefully judged by its ad- mirers and by its detractors from their respective perspectives. The first part will identify central elements of Hartshorne’s reasoning about God’s relation to the world. The second part examines how Hartshorne speaks of a divine “transcendence” in a naturalistic metaphysics that is thoroughly empirical. The third part will examine the ways that God is related to the world’s evil and whether God is in some way responsible for this evil in a way that makes God morally culpable. The discussion will uncover significant differences from the way process theists, traditional theists, and non-theists have usually thought about creation, eternity, and everlastingness. Of course, in a naturalistic metaphysics, transcendence will have to be constructed in a way that differs from that in the metaphysics that undergirds classical (or traditional) theism.

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The PluralistUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 18, 2011

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