Process Theology and Tradition


My copy of the Summer 2007 issue of the magazine Creative Transformation arrived in the mail today. Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki's article "The Importance of Process Theology" contains a quote that dovetails with the subject of tradition that I wrote about in my previous entry. She writes:

In an age where tradition understood as age-old truths "once delivered to the saints" seem threatened, thus undermining faith, process theology provides an approach to tradition as "creative transformation." Traditions are not static; they live in and through their own transformations. Being faithful to one's tradition, therefore, requires knowing one's tradition in its many forms, and participating in one's tradition by faithful openness to the form toward which God currently calls it. Process theology provides a way of appropriating the past by envisioning a faithful future, thus participating in the tradition's present formation.