RE: [asa] Providence?

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Sun Sep 14 2008 - 08:56:34 EDT

Gregory, I agree wholeheartedly with your view. I have already proposed a definition of science that solves the problem that you are addressing. The subject matter of science is the physical aspect of Nature and the data that constitutes that subject matter is collected by purely physical devices. Any claims that science makes outside the confines of this definition is not valid and is bringing in “data” that cannot the detected by purely physical devices. That is the problem since what people mean by the word “science” is all encompassing and thus becomes totally reductive.


-----Original Message-----
From: on behalf of Gregory Arago
Sent: Sat 9/13/2008 7:58 PM
To: ASA list; George Murphy
Subject: Re: [asa] Providence?
Hello George,
Thanks for clarifying again your position towards process philosophy and process theology. One small assumption, if I may make it, is that your view is process philosophy *can be* rather than necessarily *is* useful, depending on context and user. As you know I am challenging the proliferation of process philosophy in human-social thought (via evolutionism) where I find it to be a great danger if not destructive source of / contribution to knowledge.
May I ask another question, since you have volunteered your lack of knowledge of anthroposophy and theosophy? Have you studied the tradition of 'sophiology' at all or of the divine Sophia, e.g. in the tradition of Fr. Sergius Bulgakov? If not, there will be a blog conference that may be of interest here: It is certainly different from both R. Steiner and M. Blavatsky, i.e. closer to the core of Christian thought and to your Lutheran tradition, likewise involving more 'eastern' ideas than are commonly found at ASA.

--- On Sat, 9/13/08, George Murphy <> wrote:

From: George Murphy <>
Subject: Re: [asa] Providence?
To: "ASA list" <>
Received: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 10:41 PM

Gregory -
Sorry I can't help with your opening query, knowing little of anthro- or theo- sophy. 
Certainly process philosophy & theology in the modern sense is a western development but it has strong resonance with the things like the Buddhist concept of no self & related Buddhist ideas.  

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