Episode 24 “The Politics of Creativity and World Loyalty”

Politics is all about the interplay of power among people. Power is inevitable – Wherever there are relationships, there are political decisions…relationships can be coercive and unilateral, they can also be collaborative and mutual.  Power dynamics can cure or kill, stunt or empower.  Process theology charts a politics of ubuntu, “I am because of you” …

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Episode 23 — “The Politics of Relationship”

Top-down hierarchies, whether they are governmental or social, are based on power. One can say the abuse of power. What would the world look like if power relationships were relational and non-coercive? The more I’ve studied process theology, the more I’m convinced that Western-style individualism, that is, that the individual is the highest form of …

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Episode 22 — “The Politics of God: How our images of God shape our politics”

When we say God and country, we are not far off the track. Every vision of God, every theological perspective, has political implications – how we view God can shape our understanding of power, history, economics, decision making, and diversity. God is the ultimate model of creative power, the power of the universe, the ultimate …

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Episode 21 — Rerun: “The Future of Process Theology”

Dr. Epperly is unavailable to record a podcast this week, so we are rerunning our most popular episode, “The future of Process Theology.” Next week we begin a new series on Process and Politics. Although Process thought has been around for centuries (it might even claim as far back as Heraclitus), it isn’t until the …

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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 The recorded version of this webinar can be purchased here: apocpromo_2-mp4 This webinar was held on October 17, 2019. The full recorded webinar is now available for purchase. Apocalypticism had an enormous effect on the early church. It permeates the New Testament. It has …

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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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