Process problems from Re: Evolution: A few questions

From: bivalve <>
Date: Thu Jun 24 2004 - 19:46:17 EDT

>>Process theology seems rather vulnerable on this ground; a god that does not require anything of us nor do anything we might not like seems too convenient to be realistic. >>

I don't think advocates of process theology are deliberately setting out to make an irrelevant god, but I can't think of an observational difference between a deity that obeys the precepts set by process theology and one that doesn't exist. I know that the postulates are different, but what evidence can one use to decide? Elijah's method is inappropriate for a process view, but what could one do instead?

How can a deity require anything of us us without being coercive? It might like it if we behaved nicely, but why should we care?

If I attribute every event that I don't like to the inability of deity to do something about it, then that does not leave much possibility for said deity to operate contrary to my preferences.

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