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Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Book by Hartshorne, Charles
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 30th 1984 by State University of New York Press (first published December 1983)
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Dec 11, 2007 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians, non-Christians
If I believed in God, it would be Hartshorne's God.

The book dispels common Christian fallacies on the nature of God through the use of Christian principles. This book is easy to read, challenging to grasp, and enlightening to understand.

This book has changed the way I see Christianity.
It's a slim book with a lot packed into it. Hartshorne takes on a series of theological "mistakes" that he attributes to the medieval scholastics. In general, they mainly stem from attempts to meld Christian theology with Greek -- and particularly Platonic -- philosophy. Thus, as he points out, we get a concept of God as so perfect that God can never change, or even be affected by our actions in any way. A God who cannot respond to us, as this would imply a change prompted by our prayers, deeds, ...more
Not nearly done, but I am thrilled with it so far. The author is a theist, but tackles the subject matter honestly and intelligently. Where I would normally think that discussions about how God operates(/"thinks") are irrelevant (because, to me, there is no mind of God because there is no God), Hartshorne comes at the subject from a more philosophical perspective, and challenges believers to be more intellectually honest with themselves.
Tara B
I don't really believe that there is one individual in the way that we think of the word that is an almighty God. This is still well thought out philosophy, and I think anyone who believes in God, writes about it, but still does not bash gay people and saving the environment needs all the good publicity I can give these days.
Dec 23, 2008 Deb added it
Shelves: never-finished
I wish I'd gotten through more of this book before having to return it to the library, because hartshorne's theology rocks.
Good general introduction to process theology. I'm interested in reading more about it!
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