The Mormon and Process Theology View of God

According to Dan Wotherspoon (2006):

Process theologian David Ray Griffin speaks of this power that characterizes God as well as other existents as the “creative power to actualize themselves and to influence others,” and says that this is a power that cannot be overridden.  God in both process theology and Mormonism, then, can be called “all powerful” only if that is taken to mean “having all the power that is possible for one being to have.”  But God is not omnipotent in the traditional sense of actually or even potentially exercising all the power there is.

Such a rejection of classical theism’s view of an omnipotent God requires a new view about the type of influence that God can and does exert in the universe and, even more fundamentally, a new view of the very notion of power itself.  Process theology’s alternative, which is shared by Mormonism in its basic metaphysic is to conceive of power–both power of God and of all other existents–as ‘persuasive only.’

Dan Wotherspoon, “Process Theology and Mormonism–Connections and Challenges,” presented at UVSC Conference, “Mormonism and the Christian Tradition, 30 March 2006.

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2 Responses to The Mormon and Process Theology View of God

  1. dorothy deasy says:

    yes. This view supports a notion of God as the creative force that drives us to connection, to love, to unity. John Dominic Crossan demonstrates Jesus’ theology of attraction was in opposition to Roman Imperial theology of coercion.
    Is not faith, itself, the drive to be with the “other” and in so doing to experience God?

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