1. I was recently looking into the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and I came across Roger’s blog, Tired Road Warrior. Yesterday, Roger highlights a quote in regard to the Mormon and Process Theology View of God.
God in both process theology and Mormonism, then, can be called “all powerful” only if that is taken to mean “having all the power that is possible for one being to have.” But God is not omnipotent in the traditional sense of actually or even potentially exercising all the power there is.
Such a rejection of classical theism’s view of an omnipotent God requires a new view about the type of influence that God can and does exert in the universe and, even more fundamentally, a new view of the very notion of power itself. Process theology’s alternative, which is shared by Mormonism in its basic metaphysic is to conceive of power–both power of God and of all other existents–as ‘persuasive only.’
2. On the other hand, Thomas Schreiner, in his new Galatians Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (2010) throws out a jab:
If we are propounding a view that has never been articulated throughout the history of the church, we are almost certainly wrong. If someone thinks he or she has discovered a new doctrine after two thousand years of church history, we can be quite confident that such a person is mistaken. We are not isolated as believers. We live in community and hence we learn from brothers and sisters of our day and from believers who have gone before us.
Therefore, we can be quite sure that a doctrine such as open theism is unbiblical. No branch of the Christian church — whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant — has ever endorsed such a theology. It is not enshrined in any confessional statements, nor has any significant theologian ever espoused such a teaching. The universal teaching of the church throughout history is a reliable guide that should not be jettisoned” (p. 79).