12 - 25
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
GMT -5:00 Central Daylight TimeAdd to Calendar (ics)
Are we just automatons, living out the pre-ordained will of God? Or are our lives a collaboration with God as we work together to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world? Based on the United Methodist Theologian and Philosopher John B. Cobb, Jr.’s “definitive book on the nature of God,” this course provides a lay person’s introduction to Process-Relational theology, a theological school of thought that emphasizes free will and has broad appeal with the Wesleyan tradition. Process Theology is a movement with deep United Methodist roots. However, just as the United Methodist Church is a “big tent”, there are many variations of process theology within our denomination and around the world. In this course, Dr. Joshua Reichard, a scholar who has synthesized charismatic theology with process theology, will explore the “relational” side of process theology. The instructor holds an orthodox perspective of the Christian faith and looks at process-relational theology both critically and with appreciation, especially for its emphasis on relationships. In this course, we will work our way through Dr. Cobb’s vision God as proclaimed in the ministry of Jesus and how that vision of God can help us become forces of positive transformation in the world guided by persuasive love.