Process Thought and Roman Catholicsm: Are They in Conflict?

Process thought/process theology is a philosophical and theological perspective that emphasises process, relationship, and event as central categories for understanding all beings, including God.

This philosophical and theological perspective emerged in the 19th century as a critique of traditional beliefs about God as all-powerful, all-knowing, unchanging, and all-loving.

Process thought, with its emphasis on the dynamic and changing nature of reality, is thought by many to offer a philosophical framework that can be seen as compatible with scientific understandings of the world as a process of ongoing change and evolution. Prominent scholars in this field such as Ian Barbour, Philip Clayton, and Arthur Peacocke have engaged with process thought in the context of the science and religion conversation.

Though process thought may seem more compatible with our scientific understandings of the world, does it conflict with Christian theology?

In the latest book review in the ISCAST Journal, Christian Perspectives on Science and Technology, ISCAST fellow Neil Ormerod reviews Process Thought and Roman Catholicsm, which explores some of these questions as well some of the possible theological conflicts between process thought and, specifically, Roman Catholicsm.

Read the full review at CPOSAT.