3 thoughts on “Becoming”

  1. Nice contrast between Whitehead-Hartshorne-Cobb Process thought and biblical theology. Nice contrast between Whitehead-Hartshorne-Cobb Process thought and biblical theology. You explained a lot in a few words. I see another book from you on this subject, working your way from the theology of God to final redemption in Christ’s reign.

    I hope I am not engaging in a hasty generalization and reductionism when I state that the undercurrent of Process thought is “constant change is here to stay” versus biblical theology’s claim is as you noted,

    “They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail” (Hebrews 1:11-12).

    Perishing and failure mark spacetime existence, but since God is not part of that spacetime, neither of these characteristics apply to Him. A borrowing from William Carlos Williams’ Red Wheelbarrow gives my rendition of the contrast:

    everything depends upon
    a steadfast God
    glazed in glory
    beside the dark universe
    spiraling to ruin.

    I don’t do Haiku.

    Floyd Talbot

  2. Great article Dr. Groothuis! Is not it interesting how Christianity often has a kind of mediating position between the extremes in philosophy? The one and the many, rationalism and romanticism, change and immutability, transcendence and immanence, human depravity and human dignity… By the way, I have your apologetics book now and am enjoying it. I have a remarkable affinity with many of your views and your approach, which given the vast number of views and approaches, seems providential to me. Pray for my wife and I that our move out there will continue to proceed, that we will sell our house, that we will locate some jobs, and that we will trust God in stepping out.

  3. Well put. Because becoming is dependent on being, I fail to see how becoming could be ontologically “deeper” than being. All may be IN flux, but flux only makes sense if persistence can be observed. Thanks for sharing!

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