- Author : Daniel A. Dombrowski
- Release Date : 01 February 2016
- Publisher : SUNY Press
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 280
- ISBN 13 : 9781438459387
Download or read book entitled A History of the Concept of God written by Daniel A. Dombrowski and published by SUNY Press online. This book was released on 01 February 2016 with total pages 280. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A history of the concept of God through the lens of process thought. Daniel A. Dombrowski explores the history of the concept of God from the perspective of neoclassical, or process, theism. His neoclassical approach assuages the current crisis in philosophical theism, caught between a defense of classical theism and assertions of religious skepticism. Instead, the work offers Charles Hartshorne’s notion of a God who always evolves, quite unlike the allegedly perfect figure of more traditional, and increasingly unsatisfactory, accounts. Dombrowski surveys the classical theists and their roots in ancient Greek philosophy before turning to contributions from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries, ultimately discussing twenty-three thinkers. The key figures in this history are Plato, who ironically provided the philosophical basis both for classical and neoclassical concepts, and three great figures in process theism: Henri Bergson, Alfred North Whitehead, and Hartshorne. The concept of God has a rich past; this book argues that it can have a rich future as well.