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Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed


T&T Clark 2011

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This is an accessible introductory guide to process theology designed for seminary and university classes as well as lay study. In addition to addressing the major tenants of process theology as they relate to traditional theological issues, Epperly addresses cutting-edge issues in theology and ethics such as pluralism and postmodernism, matters of life and death, science (technology and genetics), and emerging forms of Christianity. Epperly assists readers to overcome the obstacles created by the technical language often employed by process theologians. By concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed is a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to thinkers, writers, and subjects within the theological movement.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume streamlines and enhances your study. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches by topic to find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say.

Key Features

  • Explains the concepts and difficulties of process theology
  • Simplified explanation of technical concepts
  • Syntheses of diverse theological perspectives from experts in the field


  • What is Process Theology and Why is It So Perplexing?
  • A Truly Personal God
  • Transforming Christology
  • The Spirit and the Dancing Trinity
  • The Human Adventure
  • Faith and Science in Creative Transformation
  • Ethics for a Small Planet
  • The Church in Creative Transformation
  • Survival After Death in a Pluralistic Age
  • New Horizons for Process Theology

Praise for the Print Edition

Process theology comes in many forms. Some technical philosophical forms confuse more than enlighten. Bruce Epperly offers his own form of process theology in accessible narrative and confessional prose. The anecdotes, case studies, and stories bring alive process perspectives on crucial issues of our time. This book should further establish and expand process theology’s standing as a persuasive alternative for making sense of God and the many dimensions and questions of our existence.

—Thomas Jay Oord, elder, Nampa First Church of the Nazarene

Unbelievable. Bruce Epperly really succeeds at communicating process theology in its full breadth and depth, in ways that will satisfy newcomers and advanced students alike. Yet he does it almost wholly without the use of technical terms! Epperly’s writing flows beautifully. . . . Perhaps the best in-depth introduction to process theology available for non-specialists.

Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology

Given that process theology has earned a reputation for being one of the least accessible theological movements, Bruce Epperly does a good job in helping to clarify the main arguments and translating the vocabulary into something akin to everyday usage.

The Church Times

There is much to commend with this book . . . for a cogent, lucid, well-illustrated, grounded, passionate, comprehensive introduction to one of the most lively and influential schools of theological thought of the last 50 years, Epperly’s book does its job very well.

Regents Review

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About Bruce G. Epperly

Bruce Epperly is professor of practical theology and director of continuing education at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

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