‘Purging the Leaven’

Charles Conti

in Metaphysical Personalism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263388
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682513 | DOI:
‘Purging the Leaven’

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This chapter examines the move from statics to dynamics in theology, shifting the idea of God from Actus Purus to Causa Sui. It explores what made Farrer abandon the idea of ‘divine self-sufficiency’ in his later work and replace it with a ‘pragmatic theology’. The discussion argues that it had to do with an idea of God in the interests of practical religion and empirical philosophy. The stimulus for this reform was John Glasse, who coined the disjunctiveness of ‘finite’ and ‘infinite’ in process terms. This also brought Farrer closer to the work of Charles Hartshorne.

Keywords: Actus Purus; Causa Sui; Hartshorne; John Glasse; practical religion; divine self-sufficiency

Chapter.  14832 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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