Is God Omnipotent? Process Theology Redux [#WhyPray]

Current kingmaker in the Christian blogosphere, Rachel Held Evans, posted a piece by Tripp and Bo of Homebrewed Christianity called, “Omnipotence:  A Compliment Jesus Wants You to Take Back.”  (Don’t think Rachel’s a kingmaker?  Well, the post currently has 295 comments.) Now Tripp and Bo have a follow-up post on HBC.

Process Theology provides some answers to many of the same questions that I’m asking in my current book project, Why Pray? As the guys make clear in the comments, Process Theology is different than Open Theism (Greg Boyd, et al).

Open Theism is fundamentally evangelical — it’s a way to solve a problem that evangelicalism has as a result of its biblical hermeneutic. It’s a solution to a problem that I don’t really have. A God to whom the future is foreclosed is not the God of the Bible, nor is that a God that anyone should want to worship or pray to.

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Thanks, Readers, for a Great 2011

Just looking at my blog stats, and I am happy to report that this blog experienced a 96% increase in pageviews (nearing half-a-million) and a 125% increase in unique visitors from 2010 to 2011.  The mid-year move from independence to Patheos went smoothly, and I’m happy to be part of a great blogging team.

I started blogging in 2004 — I didn’t even title my posts back then (here’s post #2).  The best thing that’s happened on this blog in the eight years since has been the community of commenters, seen clearly in the smart back-and-forth between Scot and David on this post from last week.  I’ve been following their comments closely, and learning from them.

In 2012, I endeavor to continue posting twice per day on weekends, and once or twice each weekend.

I’d love to hear your ideas on what you’d like to read and discuss here in 2012…

Santorum (the Candidate, not the Frothy Substance) Gets Booed by College Students

Turns out that Rick Santorum’s views on gay marriage don’t play quite as well in New Hampshire as they did in Iowa.  (Gay marriage is legal in NH.)

CONCORD, N.H. – Rick Santorum found out the hard way Thursday that he wasn’t in Iowa anymore, earning boos and catcalls from a roomful of college students for equating gay marriage to polygamy during a spirited debate over traditional values.

Several students challenged Santorum, a committed culture warrior, over his long-standing opposition to same-sex marriage. Instead of saying he disagreed and changing the subject – as many politicians might have – Santorum launched a law-school-style Socratic exercise, answering questions with questions.

“So are we saying anybody can marry anybody else?” the former Pennsylvania senator asked one student. “Don’t you have to make the positive argument for why the law should be changed?” he asked several. “What is the public policy reason?”

A young woman suggested that gay men and lesbians should be allowed to marry because they have an inherent right to happiness.

“If you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that OK?” Santorum asked, as students began booing and shouting.

READ THE REST: Santorum, in New Hampshire, gets a challenge on his marriage stand – Philly.com.

Bestselling Books of 2011

According to Nielson Bookscan, here are the bestselling books of 2011, along with sales figures.  Nielson covers sales through ABA channels, which means that sales at Christian bookstores are not included.  My question isn’t so much whether you’ve read any of these, but instead what does this list say about America in 2011?

2011′s Top 15: Adult Nonfiction

1 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL*, Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson; trade paperback; 9780849946158) 1,994,000

2 STEVE JOBS, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; hardcover; 9781451648539) 1,385,000

3 UNBROKEN*, Laura Hillenbrand (Random House; hardcover; 9781400064168) 913,000

4 KILLING LINCOLN, Bill O’Reilly (Holt; hardcover; 9780805093070) 777,000

5 BOSSYPANTS, Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books; hardcover; 9780316056861) 514,000

6 STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0*, Tom Rath (Gallup Press; hardcover; 9781595620156) 510,000

7 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, Rebecca Skloot (Broadway; trade paperback; 9781400052189) 502,000

8 A STOLEN LIFE, Jaycee Dugard (Simon & Schuster; hardcover; 9781451629187) 500,000

9 THE 17 DAY DIET, Mike Moreno (Free Press; hardcover; 9781451648652) 490,000

10 IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, Erik Larson (Crown; hardcover; 9780307408846) 392,000

11 GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP, Adam Mansbach (Akashic Books; hardcover; 9781617750250) 359,000

12 INSIDE OF A DOG*, Alexandra Horowitz (Scribner; trade paperback; 9781416583431) 350,000

13 THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE* (College Board; trade paperback; 9780874478525) 321,000

14 THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES*, Gary Chapman (Northfield Publishers; trade paperback; 9780802473158) 316,000

15 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (Guinness; hardcover; 9781904994671) 313,000

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