About Providence, Divine Action and the Church
In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
A New Book on Panentheism
Panentheism Across the World’s Traditions
Edited by Loriliai Biernacki and Edited by Philip Clayton
OUP USA 240 pages | 235x156mm 978-0-19-998990-4 | Paperback | January 2014 (estimated)
One of the fundamental premises of this groundbreaking collection of essays is that panentheism, despite being unlabeled until the nineteenth century, is not merely a modern Western invention. The contributors examine a number of the worlds established and ancient religious traditions: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and others to draw out the panentheistic dimensions of these traditions and the possibilities they suggest. Panentheism is not only an esoteric, potentially heretical, and deeply mystical vision of the world’s great religious pasts; it is also a key feature of contemporary global spirituality. As this volume demonstrates, the metaphors and practices associated with modern panentheism speak powerfully to the realities of our evolving species and our evolving technological world. Panentheism’s enticingly heretical vision of the relationship between the divine and matter has historically been denied a serious place in scholarship. As Panentheism Across the World’s Traditions shows, the dynamism between matter and spirit that panentheism offers has had a profound influence in the modern world.