D&C 88: 41 (27 Dec. 1832)I am unaware of available LDS process commentary, but I find Whitehead’s basic insights to be remarkably consistent with Joseph Smith’s. Whitehead’s philosophy demands universal free agency, with even the smallest particle, though not possessed of overt mentality, free to choose whether or not to follow the persuasive prompting of the Divine Lure. Despite the blackboards filled with equations, physical law boils down to statistics, with what one might reasonably expect to occur. Without free agency, a meaningful creation is impossible. It is a given, a gift that could not have been not given.
“He comprehendeth all things,
and all things are before him,
and all things are round about him;
and he is above all things,
and in all things,
and is through all things,
and is round about all things;
and all things are by him,
and of him, even God, forever and ever.”
D&C 93: 26–30 (6 May 1833)Process theology deals effectively with the problem of evil (theodicy), and is sometimes criticized for dispensing with it too easily. With the absolute necessity of free agency, the possibility of evil cannot be ruled out. Certainly, God might be said to be ultimately responsible, but the only alternative is to not have a meaningful universe.
“The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth; And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.”
Advance creatively, collapse into chaos (disharmony),This liberal approach does not typically appeal to Christian communities which might be characterized as “conservative,” “fundamentalist,” or “scriptural literalist.” Process theology has no consensus view on the subjective (self–aware) immortality of individual entities other than God. It is clearly conducive to concepts of theistic evolution. Some of this relates to the necessity to retain reasonability, and relevance to observation.
or retreat into triviality, complacency, mediocrity.
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