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The ‘Becoming’ of Being

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/9780198263388.003.0006
The ‘Becoming’ of Being

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This chapter considers the question of why‘becoming’-concepts are metaphysically preferable to a ‘theology of being’. It shows how Farrer revitalized ‘being’-talk on ordinary language premises while looking up further research into Farrer's ‘linguistic theology’. ‘Becoming’-categories turn away from abstract ‘mentalism’ which etherealizes its conception of God. Instead, the chapter suggests an active or operational identity for God. Farrer also emphasized the logic of grace: ‘two agents sharing a single act’. It concludes that Farrer's metaphysical personalism was well suited to faith and speculation.

Keywords: becoming; theology of being; linguistic theology; divine grace; conception of God

Chapter.  14275 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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