Episode 20 — What the Hell?

Just as we discovered in our episode on Heaven, the biblical notion of hell is shrouded in metaphors and allegories. It’s not even clear if those seemingly destined to it will be there for eternity, or if ultimately hell will be a place for redemption. The emphasis throughout is on God’s love as the inexhaustible …

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Episode 19 — Heaven and the Afterlife

The Bible is not very concrete in its discussions about the afterlife. We have to deal mostly with metaphors and allegories. Perhaps the only straightforward declaration is “There will be no marriage or giving of marriage in heaven.” This means we don’t have much to go on except that it is clear that there will …

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Apocalyptic Webinar

Apocalyptic Theology: Its Origin and Damaging Influence on the New Testament https://faithontheedge.org/apocpromo_2-mp4/ If October 17th at 1 pm PDT is inconvenient, if you register, I will send you the full recording of the webinar. Apocalypticism had an enormous effect on the early church. It permeates the New Testament. It has its origin in the late …

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Episode 18 “Is Salvation Inclusive of All?”

The idea in Process thought that God is in all things, including all people, and all things are in God, suggests that the fate of the universe is shared by all. So if there is salvation, it must be universal. This week we discuss salvation as wholeness–that what may have been broken in our lives …

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Episode 17 “Salvation of the Individual”

In this episode, I ask Dr. Epperly if he’s “saved.” The ensuing conversation covers how we imagine the afterlife, and can it have this-worldly consequences? Is survival after death the most important thing in life, or is this life our calling, with survival after death a lesser motivation? Is our survival individual and grounded in …

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Episode 16 “What Is Salvation?”

Episode 16 — “The Meaning of Salvation” This podcast is the first of several we are devoting to the meaning of salvation. This separates many Christian communities today, even as it has throughout the millennia. It also determines our politics. How we look at who’s in and who’s out forms our basic outlook toward the …

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Episode 15 “The Mystic Within Us”

Mystics are often misunderstood. They are thought to be otherworldly and not suited for normal life, loners and outliers. Dr. Epperly would like to change that attitude and replace it with the realization that all people are mystics in varying degrees and can gain great advantage in the world by deepening that realization. Process thought …

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Episode 14 “Spiritual Decluttering”

We in American and in the West, generally, count a successful life as described in the bumper sticker, “The one with the most toys wins.” Accumulating the best and the most is our preoccupation in life. As Dr. Epperly explains, this leads to a stunted soul and the very opposite of the good life God …

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Process and Hope

Our episode on Process and Ecology examined the reality that the world is in serious trouble. The reality of the increasing danger of ecological disaster seems to be falling on deaf ears where it is most necessary to be heard. This can lead to hopelessness. In this episode, we discuss what Process Theology has to …

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