C. Robert Mesle: Process-Relational Philosophy: An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead

Process-Relational Philosophy: An Introduction to Alfred North WhiteheadProcess-Relational Philosophy: An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead by C. Robert Mesle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A brilliant book. I came across Mesle on ‘homebrewed Christianity’ podcast and he seemed sincere and clear in his description of Process Thought. The book did not disappoint. I am not a student in Philosophy and a slow learner and this book was very understandable to me. North-Whitehead is very complex and his usage of words is quite different to normal. I started reading Sherburne’s ‘Key to Process and Reality’ and was still out of my depth – this has bridged that gap. The other book I would recommend is Bruce Epperley’s ‘Process Theology – a guide for the perplexed’ which does not quote or try to explain P&R but goes straight into Theological Interpretation. I would also recommend any of John Cobb’s books as well as his questions and answers here.



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Roy Briggs: The Eve of Forgiveness

Eve of ForgivenessEve of Forgiveness by Roy Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While Roy’s book is a testimony to the power of forgiveness one is also carried along by the fascinating details of his life story. I know Roy and his affable and kind nature shines through each page. He is honest about his weaknesses but these are far eclipsed by his spirit of adventure and good intentions at every move ultimately leading to the courage to forgive and some startling consequences. The love of God shines through Roy out of every page in this book!



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Karen Armstrong: The battle for God

The Battle for GodThe Battle for God by Karen Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

KA as usual has thoroughly researched her subject and speaks with great authority on the subject of fundamentalism in the 3 major faiths. She differentiates between ‘logos’ … the analytical conceptual aspect of religion and ‘mythos’ … the intuitive aspect. Because these have been confused and out of balance and dis-integrated within the 3 faiths in their own individual ways there has been conflict within and between them. The book helped me to realise the part that western rationalism, control and greed has had to play in stirring up aggression in the East.
It was hard going acquainting myself with alot of the Islamic names/terms but a glossary is provided to which I often referred.
‘Fundamentalism is an embattled faith; it anticipates immanent annihilation’ – for this reason as we can see in history repression is not the answer. Neither is retaliation. It is a surprise to western (and eastern) secularism that religion and particularly fundamentalism is still so strong. Will it go away? All 3 religions have the golden rule at the centre and to return to that is the only answer. For that reason KA has set up Charter for Compassion which I encourage all to sign up to.



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