On Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:31:15 -0600 "Terry M. Gray"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: [in small part]
> 2.) . . .My sense in the sovereignty/responsibility debate is
> that there is a belief that sovereignty (in the sense I am
> advocating) makes free agency and authentic creaturely activity
> *impossible*. In my mind this is like saying that it is impossible
> for Jesus to fully God and fully man. No doubt, our human
> definitions, logic, etc. suggest that it is impossible. But
> revelation says otherwise.
The belief in the sovereignty of God that excludes the freedom of the
creature springs from the covert assumption that knowing is causing, a
silly category mistake, especially connected to the deity. The fact is
that, as has been noted repeatedly, the Creator used secondary causes in
the development of the universe. This includes the clear possibility that
human beings are subcreators in the sense that we can cause outside of
the nonhuman cause-effect chains. That this is a limited power does not
change its reality.
A second problem, which produces process theology even when it is not
acknowledged or recognized, is the assumption that the eternal Creator is
restricted to knowing only what has occurred in the universe as it
happens. I have been unable to reconstruct what this means in the context
of signaling restricted to the velocity of light. Is the deity restricted
to 2 My old information from the Andromeda galaxie? If not, why not? Or
is God's information about us delayed?
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