New Essays on Process Theology by : Dr. David Ellenson and Dr. Michael Marmur

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dr. David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, and Dr. Michael Marmur, HUC-JIR Vice President for Academic Affairs, offer perspectives on the subject of Process Theology in the newly published issue of Conservative Judaism (Volume 62, Nos. 1-2, Fall-Wintr 2011-2011), in response to the lead article by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, who received the Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from HUC-JIR in May 2010.  Artson's essay, "Ba-derekh: On the Way -- A Presentation of Process Theology" defines it as "a constellation of ideas sharing the common assertion that the world and God are in continuous, dynamic change, of related interaction and becoming." 

Dr. Ellenson's essay, "Some Intellectual-Historical Observations on Artson's Ba-derekh," states that "While a large range of Jewish thinkers, from Milton Steinberg and Levi Olan to William Kaufman and Harold Kushner, have certainly been informed by and written on Process Thought, the Artson essay is part of a more comprehensive effort on his part to advance their works and construct a broad systematic statement of Jewish theology informed and shaped by the insights contained in Process Thought."

Dr. Marmur's essay, entitled "Resonances and Dissonances: On Reading Artson," concludes, "As God searches for me, I search for a God in whom I can believe, who is also worthy of such belief...The process to which I am committed will not let go of images and intimations of transcendence.  The process to which i am committed still holds faith with the immanent possibility of an imminent event."

 


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