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Augsburg Publishing House
"Faith struggles to find words," writes Paul Sponheim.
"This struggle takes place in sermon and Sunday school, in
church college and theological seminary. The words are often
new ones, or the paragraphs and patterns in which they are placed
are new. The pastor comes upon a sermon produced only a decade
ago and shudders, 'Did I really preach this?' It was a person
of Christian faith who produced those words a few short years ago,
and it is a person of Christian faith who expresses dissatisfaction
over them now."
"How can this be?"
"It can be," answers Dr. Sponheim, "because faith
is in process."
Sponheim presents a method which enhances the appeal of process
thought for those who are concerned about the priority of faith over
reason. Not only does he explain Whitehead's thought, but he
also analyzes the contributions of other outstanding process theologians
such as Hartshorne, Meland, Cobb, Williams, Ogden, Pittenger, and
others. Sponheim shows how the wisdom gained from the
intersection of faith and process metaphysics can be practically
Faith and Process performs a distinctive service for process
theology and for a large community within the Christian churches
stemming from the Reformers where there is a deep suspicion that the
use of philosophy is dangerous to the purity of the Word. Dr.
Sponheim forces us to consider more rigorously the respective roles
of our biblical faith and our philosophical ideas in shaping our