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Healing Hypotheses  

APPENDIX R

SOME CONTRASTS OF OLD AND NEW OUTLOOKS

 

OLD
CHRISTIAN
THOUGHT

 

SUBSTANCE
NEW THOUGHT
PROCESS
NEW THOUGHT
Reality is
enduring
substance.

 

Reality is
enduring
substance. 
Reality is
creative process.
Being is basic. Being is basic. Becoming is
basic.

 

You have
experience.

 

You have
experience.
You are
experience.
Soul is mortal
substance.
Soul is immortal
substance. 
Soul is a
succession of
momentarily-
existing selves
(serial selfhood).

 

Resurrection. Subjective
immortality.
Objective and
subjective
immortality.

 

God is largely
transcendent
(classical theism).
God is essentially
immanent
(pantheism).
God is immanent
and transcendent
(panentheism).

 

God creates out
of nothing.
God emanates
from divine
fullness.
God creates by
participating in
blending of past
and possible.

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Universe is not
part of God; it is
matter and mind
created by God.
Universe is part
(In some
interpretations,
all) of God's
being,
is God's body.

 

Universe is part
of God's
becoming, is
God's body.
Matter is lifeless
stuff.
Matter is
appearance
of one mind
(God).

 

Matter is
collection of
many relatively
lowly minds.
God is changeless
in theory, if not
in practice
God is
changeless,
except as
responsive.

 

God is growing
experientially,
yet constant
morally.
God is essentially
love, yet is
forcing.
God is essentially
Love-Law.
God is essentially
alluring,
persuasive Love.

 

God is personal
and in some
degree
capricious.
God is largely
impersonal, and
acts as law.
God is personal,
impartial, and
acts by giving
initial aims.

 

God gives orders. God gives general
possibilities.
God gives tailor-
made possibilities
(initial aims).

 

God creates and
sustains, yet
seems inactive in
one's life.
The burden of
initiation largely
is on us. God
guides and
responds.
God initiates.
We must respond
to God's guiding
initiation of each
moment.
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Prayer sometimes
changes God,
who may give
what is
requested.
Prayer changes
ourselves, who
receive according
to our beliefs,
working through
divine law
shaping
unformed
substance.
Prayer helps
create
momentary self,
giving immediate
enjoyment and
enriching the
next self's past
by becoming part
of it, thereby
making it easier
for next self to
accept God's
initial aim.

 

Christ is
identified
with Jesus.
Christ is the
presence of God
permanently in
each of us
equally.
Christ is the
presence of God,
understood as
initial aim of
each momentary
self  (occasion of
experience).

 

Law is divine
command.
Law is active,
divine,
impersonal,
automatic,
intelligent,
unconscious part
of God.
Law is an
abstraction,
habits of
interaction of
occasions of
experience.

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