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1 Chapter 28 Conclusion: recent and emerging themes

2 Process theology Seeks to merge the findings of contemporary science with Christian thought. Whitehead (1861-1947), Hartshorne (1897-2000), and Cobb (1925-) are leading proponents. God’s existence and creation are not static, but dynamic. Open theism is a more conservative form of process theology.

3 Liberation theology Emerged in Latin America in the 1960s as a response to social ills encountered there. Orthopraxy is more important than orthodoxy to help the poor and oppressed. Black theology continues the themes of liberation theology.

4 Feminist theology Christianity emerged and flourished in a patriarchal society. Feminist theologians seek to appropriate the message of Christianity in non-patriarchal ways. Important themes: o Rethinking God language o Challenging the essential maleness of Christ o Advancing the roles of women in the church.

5 Global Christianity and Pentecostalism The future of Christianity is in non-Western countries. These countries emphasize the charismatic gifts and Pentecostalism. Because experience influences theology, it is expected that Christian thought will continue to develop.

6 Postmodernity Postmodernism: Tradition-mediated thinking is anti-rational, but we cannot escape tradition-mediated thinking. Possible responses to this: o All thinking (including thinking about God) is self- undermining and meaningless. o There is a universal rationality we can come to understand. o Tradition-mediated thinking is rational, because rationality is relative to communities.

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