Pages in category "Process theologians"
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 29 pages are in this category, out of 29 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bradley Shavit Artson – He is Dean of the Zacharias Frankel College at the University of Potsdam in Germany, ordaining Conservative/Masorti Rabbis for Europe. Born and raised in San Francisco, Artson holds the A. B. Degree from Harvard College, cum laude, as an undergraduate, he served as the LBJ Intern for United States Representative Burton and was an intern for United States Senator Alan Cranston. Following graduation, Artson was a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the California Assembly for two years and was ordained with honors by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988. He wrote his first book, Love Peace and Pursue Peace, during his last year at rabbinical school, he served as the part-time rabbinic intern at Bolton Street Synagogue in Baltimore. For 10 years, Artson served as the Rabbi of Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, during that period, his Introduction to Judaism course helped over 200 people convert to Judaism, and 10 of his congregants have entered the rabbinate in turn. From 1998–1999, Artson was a member of the Senior Management of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, in 1999, he began his work at the University of Judaism. He is a member of the Society for the Study of Judaism. A prominent leader of Conservative Judaism, Artson serves on the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism and he supervises the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and the Center for Jewish Outreach at American Jewish University and he mentors Camp Ramah in California. Rabbi Artson writes a weekly Torah commentary that has over 13,000 internet subscribers and he is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and he has written over 300 articles in several journals and magazines. In 2008, Artson ordained Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Tribe, while in Africa he joined a Beit Din in converting 250 Africans from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda. A Regional Chief bestowed upon him the African name Walusansa Salongo, Artson launched the WALKING WITH … series, an annual series of books distributed free of charge and available on the web as complimentary PDF files. In 2007 he produced Walking With God, in 2008, Walking With Justice, in 2009, Walking With Life, Artson has served on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and as a speaker for UJC/Federation communities. Artson is married to Elana Shavit Artson, and they are the parents of twins, Shira and Jacob
2. Henri Bergson – Henri-Louis Bergson was a French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century and after WWII in continental philosophy. Bergson is known for his arguments that processes of immediate experience and intuition are more significant than abstract rationalism. He was awarded the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas, in 1930 France awarded him its highest honour, the Grand-Croix de la Legion dhonneur. Bergson was born in the Rue Lamartine in Paris, not far from the Palais Garnier in 1859 and his father, the pianist Michał Bergson, was of a Polish Jewish background. His great-grandmother, Temerl Bergson, was a well-known patroness and benefactor of Polish Jewry and his mother, Katherine Levison, daughter of a Yorkshire doctor, was from an English and Irish Jewish background. The Bereksohns were a famous Jewish entrepreneurial family of Polish descent, Henri Bergsons great-great-grandfather, Szmul Jakubowicz Sonnenberg, called Zbytkower, was a prominent banker and a protégé of Stanisław August Poniatowski, King of Poland from 1764 to 1795. Henri Bergsons family lived in London for a few years after his birth, before he was nine, his parents settled in France, Henri becoming a naturalized French citizen. Henri Bergson married Louise Neuberger, a cousin of Marcel Proust, Henri and Louise Bergson had a daughter, Jeanne, born deaf in 1896. Bergsons sister, Mina Bergson, married the English occult author Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, a founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and he then replaced Gabriel Tarde in the Chair of Modern Philosophy, which he held until 1920. The public attended his open courses in large numbers, Bergson attended the Lycée Fontanes in Paris from 1868 to 1878. He had previously received a Jewish religious education, between 14 and 16, however, he lost his faith. While at the lycée Bergson won a prize for his work and another, in 1877 when he was eighteen. His solution was published the year in Annales de Mathématiques. It was his first published work, after some hesitation as to whether his career should lie in the sphere of the sciences or that of the humanities, he decided in favour of the latter, to the dismay of his teachers. When he was nineteen, he entered the École Normale Supérieure, during this period, he read Herbert Spencer. He obtained there the degree of licence ès lettres, and this was followed by that of agrégation de philosophie in 1881 from the University of Paris, the same year he received a teaching appointment at the lycée in Angers, the ancient capital of Anjou. Two years later he settled at the Lycée Blaise-Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, while teaching and lecturing in this part of his country, Bergson found time for private study and original work. He crafted his dissertation Time and Free Will, which was submitted, along with a short Latin thesis on Aristotle, the work was published in the same year by Félix Alcan
3. John B. Cobb – Cobb, Jr. is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist. Gary Dorrien has described Cobb as one of the two most important North American theologians of the twentieth century, Cobb is often regarded as the preeminent scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology—the school of thought associated with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Cobb is the author of more than fifty books, in 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A unifying theme of Cobbs work is his emphasis on ecological interdependence—the idea that part of the ecosystem is reliant on all the other parts. Cobb is well known for his approach, integrating insights from many different areas of study. Because of his broad-minded interest and approach, Cobb has been influential in a range of disciplines, including theology, ecology, economics, biology. In 1971, he wrote the first single-author book in environmental ethics—Is It Too Late, a Theology of Ecology—which argued for the relevance of religious thought in approaching the ecological crisis. He has written extensively on religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue, particularly between Buddhism and Christianity, as well as the need to reconcile religion and science, Cobb is the co-founder and current co-director of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California. Recently, Cobb co-founded the organization Pando Populus, Pando Populus aims to create an ecological civilization, and is co-organizing a major conference on Seizing An Alternative with the Center for Process Studies in June 2015. John Cobb was born in Kobe, Japan in 1925 to parents who were Methodist missionaries, in 1940, Cobb moved to Georgia, USA to finish high school. He found himself both bewildered and disgusted by the racism in the region, particularly the demonization of the Japanese. After his graduation from school, Cobb attended Emory College in Oxford. He was chosen for the Japanese language program, which was filled mainly with Jewish and Catholic intellectuals who helped make him aware of the narrow, Cobb served in the occupation of Japan, then returned to the United States and left the army soon afterward. He then entered a program at the University of Chicago in 1947. There, he set out to test his faith by learning the modern worlds objections to Christianity and his faith did not come out intact. I was determined to expose my faith to the worst the world could offer. Within six months of such exposure my faith was shattered… God, who had been my constant companion and Lord up to point, simply evaporated. Hoping to reconstruct a Christian faith more compatible with scientific and historical knowledge and he was successful in restoring his personal faith primarily with the help of Richard McKeon, Daniel Day Williams, and Charles Hartshorne
4. David Ray Griffin – David Ray Griffin is a retired American professor of philosophy of religion and theology, and a political writer. Cobb, Jr. Griffin has published a number of books on the subject of the September 11 attacks, David Ray Griffin is a longtime resident of Santa Barbara, California and was a full-time academic from 1973 until April 2004. Griffin grew up in a town in Oregon, where he was an active participant in his Disciples of Christ church. After deciding to become a minister, Griffin entered Northwest Christian College, while getting his masters degree in counseling from the University of Oregon, Griffin attended a lecture series delivered by Paul Tillich at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. At this time, Griffin made his decision to focus on philosophical theology and he eventually attended the Claremont Graduate University, where Griffin received his Ph. D. in 1970. As a student in Claremont, Griffin was initially interested in Eastern religions, however, he started to become a process theologian while attending John B. After teaching theology and Eastern religions at the University of Dayton, in 1973, Griffin returned to Claremont to establish, with Cobb, the Center for Process Studies at the Claremont School of Theology. While on research leave in 1980–81 at Cambridge University and Berkeley, many of Griffin’s writings are devoted to developing postmodern proposals for overcoming the conflicts between religion and modern science. In 1983, Griffin started the Center for a Postmodern World in Santa Barbara, following the September 11 attacks, David Ray Griffin moved his focus from questions of philosophy and religion to ones of politics and history, specifically American expansionism and imperialism. I was vaguely aware there were people, at least on the internet, I knew the US government had fabricated evidence to go to war several times before. I did not take this possibility seriously, I was so confident that they must be wrong. At this time, he set about writing his first book on the subject, part One of the book looks at the events of 9/11, discussing each flight in turn and also the behaviour of President George W. Bush and his Secret Service protection. Part Two examines 9/11 in a context, in the form of four disturbing questions. Critics of Griffins thesis, such as Chip Berlet, have said many of the claims in the book are refutable. Griffin has rejected these criticisms and debated Berlet, Griffins second book on the subject was a direct critique of the 9/11 Commission Report, called The 9/11 Commission Report, Omissions And Distortions. David Ray Griffin has delivered several lectures that are popular within the 9/11 Truth Movement and has given interviews on alternative media shows such as The Alex Jones Show, a lecture entitled 9/11 and American Empire, How should religious people respond. Delivered on April 18,2005, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was aired by C-SPAN, until then, otherwise reasonable Americans will believe the Bush Administration benefited from 9/11, and there will always be a question about what really happened on that day. A process Christology, Westminster Press,1973, ISBN 0-664-20978-5 Process Theology, An Introductory Exposition, Cobb, Richard A. Falk and Catherine Keller, Westminster John Knox Press,2006, ISBN 0-664-23009-1 9/11 and American Empire, Intellectuals Speak Out, Vol
5. Charles Hartshorne – Charles Hartshorne was an American philosopher who concentrated primarily on the philosophy of religion and metaphysics. He developed the idea of God and produced a modal proof of the existence of God that was a development of St. Anselms Ontological Argument. Hartshorne is also noted for developing Alfred North Whiteheads process philosophy into process theology, Hartshorne was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and was the son of Reverend F. C. Hartshorne. Among his brothers was the prominent geographer Richard Hartshorne, Charles attended Haverford College between 1915–17, but then spent two years as a hospital orderly serving in the US Army. He then studied at Harvard University, where he earned the B. A. M. A. and his doctoral dissertation was on The Unity of Being. He obtained all three degrees in four years, an accomplishment believed unique in Harvards history. From 1923-25 Hartshorne pursued further studies in Europe and he attended the University of Freiburg, where he studied under the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl, and also the University of Marburg, where he studied under Martin Heidegger. After Hartshorne worked at Harvard University, he became a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago and he then taught at Emory University, followed by the University of Texas. He published his last article at age 96 and delivered his last lecture at 98 and he served as president of the Metaphysical Society of America in 1955. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts, Hartshorne acknowledged that he was greatly influenced by Matthew Arnold, Emersons Essays, Charles Sanders Peirce, and especially by Alfred North Whitehead. Rufus Jones was his Haverford teacher and continuing mentor and he also found inspiration in the works of Josiah Royce, William James, Henri Bergson, Ralph Barton Perry and Nikolai Berdyaev. He conducted a lengthy correspondence over some years with Edgar S. Brightman of Boston University about their respective philosophical and theological views. In turn Hartshorne has been an influence on the theologians Matthew Fox, Daniel Day Williams, Norman Pittenger, Gregory A. Boyd, Schubert Ogden. Cobb, on the American philosopher Frank Ebersole and on the Australian biologist-futurologist Charles Birch, the intellectual movement with which Hartshorne is associated is generally referred to as process theology. The roots of process thinking can be found in the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, contemporary process philosophy arose from the work of Alfred North Whitehead, while Hartshorne is identified as the seminal influence on process theology that emerged after World War Two. The key motifs of process philosophy are, empiricism, relationalism, process, the motif of empiricism in process thought refers to the theme that experience is the realm for defining meaning and verifying any theory of reality. Unlike classical empiricism, process thought takes the category of thinking beyond just the senses of perception. Experiences are not confined to sense perception or consciousness, and there are pre-sensual, pre-conscious experiences from which consciousness, the motif of relationalism refers to both experiences and relationships
6. Mordecai Kaplan – Mordecai Menahem Kaplan, was a rabbi, essayist and Jewish educator and the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism along with his son-in-law Ira Eisenstein. Kaplan was born in Švenčionys, Lithuania, to Rabbi Israel, in 1889, he emigrated to the United States with his mother and sisters to join his father in New York City who was working with the Chief Rabbi Jacob Joseph. He attended Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Manhattan for a short period, in 1895 Kaplan attended the City College of New York. From 1893 to 1902 he also studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, after graduating from CCNY in 1900 he went to Columbia University studying philosophy, sociology and education receiving a masters degree and a Doctorate. Majoring in philosophy, he wrote his Masters thesis on the philosophy of Henry Sidgwick. His lecturers included the philosopher of ethical culture Felix Adler and the sociologist Franklin Giddings, in July 1908 he married Lena Rubin. He received semikhah from Rabbi Isaac Jacob Reines while on his honeymoon, Kaplan began his career as an Orthodox rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a synagogue in New York. In 1912, he was an advisor to the creators of the Young Israel movement of Modern Orthodox Judaism and he was a leader in creating the Jewish community center concept, and helped found the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Judith Kaplan recited the preliminary blessing, read a portion of that weeks Torah portion in Hebrew and English, from 1934 until 1970 Kaplan wrote a series of books in which he expressed his Reconstructionist ideology, which centred on the concept of Judaism as a civilization. He was a writer, keeping a journal throughout most of his life. After the death of his wife in 1958, he married Rivka Rieger and he died in New York City in 1983 at the age of 102. He was survived by Rivka and his daughters Dr. Judith Eisenstein, Hadassah Musher, Dr. Naomi Wenner and he proved too radical in his religious and political views and resigned from the Jewish Center in 1921. He was the subject of a number of articles published by Rabbi Leo Jung in the Orthodox Jewish press. He then became involved in the Society for the Advancement of Judaism and this led to considerable criticism of Kaplan in the Orthodox Jewish press. Kaplans central idea of understanding Judaism as a civilization was an easily accepted position within Conservative Judaism. Even at JTS, as The Forward writes, he was an outsider, Kaplan, a critic of both Orthodox and Reform Judaism, believed that Jewish practice should be reconciled with modern thought, a philosophy reflected in his Sabbath Prayer Book. Due to Kaplans evolving position on Jewish theology and the liturgy, he was condemned as a heretic by members of Young Israel. His followers attempted to induce him to formally leave Conservative Judaism, Kaplan wrote a seminal essay On the Need for a University of Judaism, in which he called for a University setting that could present Judaism as a deep culture and developing civilization
7. Catherine Keller (theologian) – Catherine Keller is a contemporary Christian theologian and Professor of Constructive Theology at Drew Universitys Graduate Division of Religion. As a constructive theologian, Kellers work is oriented around social and ecological justice, poststructuralist theory and her work in process theology draws on the relational ontology of Alfred North Whitehead, fielding it in a postmodern, deconstructive framework. Kellers work stresses an interdisciplinary approach, pulling from sub-fields such as feminist thought, environmental thought and she has played a leading role in building interdisciplinary connections into, and out of, the field of theology. Since 2001 she has had a role in directing and developing Drew Universitys Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium. The colloquia seek to foster a fresh style of theological discourse that is at once self-deconstructive in its pluralism, with John Caputo, Roland Faber and others, Keller provides leadership in the field of theopoetics. From a Broken Web, Separation, Sexism and Self, apocalypse Now and Then, A Feminist Guide to the End of the World. Face of the Deep, A Theology of Becoming, on the Mystery, Discerning God in Process. Cloud of the Impossible, Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement, New York, Columbia University Press,2015. Process and Difference, Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernisms, N. Y, postcolonial Theologies, Divinity and Empire, St. Louis, Chalice,2004. Toward a Theology of Eros, Transfiguring Passion at the Limits of Discipline, New York, the American Empire and the Commonwealth of God, a Political, Economic, Religious Statement, Louisville, Westminster John Knox Press,2006. Ecospirit, Theologies and Philosophies of the Earth, New York, polydoxy, Theology of Multiplicity and Relation, New York, Routledge,2010. Christian theology Feminist theology Theopoetics Postmodern Christianity Kellers Homepage THEOPOETICSNET Works by or about Catherine Keller in libraries
8. Bernard Loomer – Bernard MacDougall Loomer was an American professor and theologian. The world in all the dimensions of its being is the basis for all our wonder, awe and we are born in mystery, we live in mystery, and we die in mystery. Loomer wrote a critical review of C. E. M. Joads 1942 book, God and Evil, for The Journal of Religion and he described the book as one containing loose thinking and unexamined presuppositions without giving any evidence. Religious historian Jerome A. Stone credits Loomer with contributing to the thinking in the development of Religious Naturalism
9. Milton Steinberg – Milton Steinberg was an American rabbi, philosopher, theologian and author. Born in Rochester, New York, he was raised with the combination of his grandparents traditional Jewish piety and his fathers modernist socialism. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at DeWitt Clinton High School, Steinberg received his doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1928 and then entered the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was ordained. In seminary, he was influenced by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. After five years in a pulpit in Indiana, he was invited by the Seminary to assume the pulpit of Manhattans Park Avenue Synagogue, in his sixteen years at the congregation, he grew it from 120 to 750 families. In 1943 he had a fatal heart attack. While a disciple of Kaplan who considered himself a Reconstructionist, Steinberg was critical of Kaplans dismissal of metaphysics, in his final years, he began writing a series of theological essays. This project, which he had hoped would conclude in a book of theology, was cut short by his death at age 46, an unfinished second novel, The Prophets Wife, about the Tanakh characters Hosea and Gomer, was published in March 2010. The Other New York Jewish Intellectuals, New York University Press,1994