From: Steve Petermann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 04 2003 - 11:53:12 EDT
> There's a big difference between kenosis, which is the idea that God
> God's own self, and the process concept that God is inherently limited.
> With kenosis,
> one says /inter alia/ that the existence of suffering &c in the world is
due to God's
> decision to create a world which has its own integrity and relative
> Polkinghorne's "free process defence" - & that God pays the price for this
by sharing in
> the suffering of the world, preeminently in the Incarnation.
Seems to me, this notion of relative autonomy drives too much of a wedge
between God and creation. The whole idea of free will is incredibly
difficult to accommodate with our current scientific understanding. The
only tact is to create a mind/body dualism that is not science friendly at
all. Standard theisms and process thought do this. Seems to me that human
freedom can only be a reasonable concept when it is framed within some sort
of monism or mystical union with God(who is free).
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