I’ve been spending my morning reading up on materialism and the various attempts both philosophical and theological that have tried to refute it. That reading led me to a long treatise on Process Philosophy.
The key point of Process Philosophy is that processes (like a storm) are at least as real, if not even more fundamental, than an object (like an orange.) Or I suppose you could say that waves and quantum states are more real than the particulate matter that we interact with at the macroscopic level if you hold to this.
One of the primary criticisms of the Listening Process (a process in the Anglican Communion to discuss different understandings of the role human sexuality plays in God’s Creation) is that it is open-ended with no clear end point. For some people in the Communion the process is the thing – and for others it is the final result.
I’m wondering then if the clash might be better recast into a conflict between Aristotelians and Process Philosophers… Classical Theology is based on Aristotelian methodology and categories. Process Theology (which is still emerging) is based more on this other strand of philosophical thought. Could this be part of the reason that arguments of one side get no traction with the other?
What do you think?