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Change Is

  • Carol P. Christ

Abstract

For process philosophy, the whole universe is alive and changing, continually co-creating new possibilities of life. Every living individual is born, grows, and then dies. The world is a web of changing individuals interacting with, affecting, and changing each other. The body is the locus of changing life. Not to be embodied, not to change, is not to be alive. Change occurs from moment to moment in our daily lives as we are acted upon and act, exercising creative freedom. The universe as a whole is changing in a continual process of evolution. The world is filled with free and creative individuals, related to each other. To a greater or lesser degree, all individuals, including human beings, other animals, cells, atoms, and particles of atoms, exercise creative freedom. Goddess/God1 is fully involved in the changing lives of every individual in the universe and in the evolution of the whole. Creation is co-creation. The whole world or cosmos is the body of Goddess/God. For process philosophy, change, freedom or creativity, and embodiment are interconnected. Everything in the world is in process. Change most definitely is.

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Modern Science Human Freedom Process View Traditional Thinking Divine Power 
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Notes

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    See Whitehead, Modes of Thought (New York: The Free Press, 1968 [1938]), 127–147.Google Scholar
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