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A Process Theology of Hope: The Counter Apocalyptic Vision of Catherine Keller

Macallan, Brian (2019) A Process Theology of Hope: The Counter Apocalyptic Vision of Catherine Keller. Religions, 10 (10). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2077-1444

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Abstract

Christianity continues to decline in the traditional west, yet is at the same time experiencing significant growth in the majority world. Research indicates that by 2060 the portion of those who identify as non-religious will decline significantly across the globe. Christianity in the future will
largely be dominated by an apocalyptic eschatology that has the potential to disengage Christians from our current planetary crisis. Catherine Keller has developed a counter-apocalyptic vision that challenges traditional eschatology in its potential to disconnect faith from the planet’s most
urgent challenges. Keller attacks a key facet of apocalyptic eschatology that enshrines an omnipotent deity. Her approach is evaluated within the broader process-relational theology from which she has emerged, particularly that influenced by Whitehead. It is argued that her eschatological alternative is best placed to offer a vision that enables Christians to take the earth seriously, to generate a chastened
and realistic hope, grounded in a process relational ontology.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Keller; apocalypse; hope; omnipotence; eschatology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Brian Macallan
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2019 23:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 23:56
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3820

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