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Trinity and Process

A Critical Evaluation and Reconstruction of Hartshorne's Di-Polar Theism Towards a Trinitarian Metaphysics


Gregory A. Boyd

The dominant metaphysical system in America this century has been process philosophy, of which the most prolific and persuasive advocate has been Charles Hartshorne. Traditional Christian thinkers, however, have consistently viewed this philosophy, and Hartshorne's thought in particular, as fundamentally incompatible with trinitarian theism.
In this compelling work, Dr. Boyd moves beyond this impasse. Utilizing exhaustive research and critical acumen, he maintains that a reworked version of Hartshorne's process system actually provides the metaphysical grounding of trinitarian thought, at the same time preserving the advantages that have made process philosophy an attractive alternative to traditional Western substance ontology. The result is a remarkably creative trinitarian process metaphysics that provides a new perspective on both process thought and the traditional doctrine of the Trinity.
Contents: Part I of this work provides the most exhaustive critical treatment to date of Hartshorne's a priori metaphysical methodology and the six candidates for a priori truth which Hartshorne arrives at by this methodology.
Part II provides the most exhaustive treatment to date of Hartshorne's six a priori proofs for God's existence which arise from his six a priori truths. On the basis of the critical assessment made of Hartshorne's six a priori truths in Part I, this work maintains throughout Part II that each of these six theistic arguments point not in the direction of a process di-polar view of God, but in the direction of a God who embodies relationality within Godself.