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‘Cosmic Personalism’

Charles Conti

in Metaphysical Personalism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263388
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263388.003.0002
‘Cosmic Personalism’

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This chapter explores the role that person-concepts play in theology. Analogical thinking was fundamental to Farrer's attempt to find the middle ground between utter ineffability and crude anthromorphism. Farrer built a theistic metaphysic on self-understanding as aspiring agents. He used the concepts of ‘action’ and ‘energy’ to set an image of God as ‘Supreme Personal Agent’. The discussion explains the importance of the agency-model and why the shift from substance-categories to an activist epistemology is related with a process metaphysic. It concludes that Farrer's philosophical theism is compatible with the social aspects of a process theology.

Keywords: anthromorphism; action; energy; process theology; philosophical theism

Chapter.  14265 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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