Process Theology departs from traditional Christian beliefs mainly because of its view of the nature of
God and His relationship to the universe. Many critics relate this deviance to the low view of Scripture held by Process Theologians who by and large deny the
divine inspiration of the
Bible. Others critique Process Theology as
panentheism which says that God is to the world as a soul is to a body. It is believed that God is not the universe as in pantheism, but that God is apart from the universe, yet also in it. As the world is in the process of changing, so is God, and he is in the process of becoming all that he can be.
Process theology and God
In Process theology, God has two poles:
- A primordial pole - this pole is eternal, unchanging, and not of this world.
- And a consequent pole - this pole is temporal, changing, and of this world.
The primordial pole is what God could be, or what his potential is. Thus, the consequent pole is what God is at this very moment. This means that God is not perfect, and in order for him to become perfect he needs our help. Because God
is limited within his consequent pole, he is not
omnipotent (he does not know everything). Thus he cannot control evil and cannot guarantee that it will ever be conquered. Once again, this leaves God relying on humans to help him with his creation.