AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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Does God Need the World? Whitehead and Tillich in Conversation (Joint Session)
In this time of looming climate catastrophe a major impediment to action has been the theological conviction of many that God will not let us destroy our world. Embedded in this idea is that we are indispensable to God. What if that is not the case? This joint session between the Tillich: Issues in Theology and Culture and the Open and Relational Theologies Units will explore the fundamental question: "Does God need the world?” We are seeking papers for a panel which explore topics such as: 1) The metaphysics of the divine, 2) cosmology, 3) the place humanity in the life of the Divine, and 4) related issues. Paper proposals addressing this question by engagement with the work of Paul Tillich and/or Alfred North Whitehead are welcome.