New Book on David Ray Griffin’s Intellectual Journey

“Unrivaled in combined proficiency and scholarship in philosophy, theology, science, and public affairs, David Ray Griffin has excelled at essentially all fields that he takes on.” ~ Timothy Eastman, Physicist for Plasmas International

“More than 15 years ago, almost no Chinese heard the term ‘constructive postmodernism,’ which was coined by David Ray Griffin. But today, constructive postmodernism . . . has become a big movement in China.” – Zhihe Wang, from Chapter 14

Reason and Reenchantment: The Philosophical, Religious, and Political Thought of David Ray Griffin

Edited by John B. Cobb, Jr., Richard Falk, and Catherine Keller

In 2012, fifteen scholars converged on Claremont (California) to celebrate and criticize the philosophical, religious, ethical, and political writings of David Ray Griffin. In the present book, which resulted from these conversations, Professor Griffin responded to the various critiques. In addition to these responses, this book includes a brief “intellectual autobiography,” which he delivered at the closing banquet.

Table of Contents

Preface by John B. Cobb, Jr.

Part One: Philosophical and Religious Perspectives

1. Catherine Keller: God, Power and Evil: David Griffin Revisited

2. Gary Dorrien: Rationalistic Panexperiential Panentheism: David Griffin’s Whiteheadian Religious Philosophy

3. Daniel D. Dombrowski: Griffin’s Panexperientialism as Philosophia Perennis

4. John B. Cobb, Jr.: Griffin on Evolution

5. Philip Clayton: Scientific and Religious Naturalism

6. Sandra Lubarsky: Non-Supernatural Naturalism and Deep Religious Pluralism

7. Nancy Frankenberry: The Vagaries of Religious Experience: David Griffin’s Reenchantment in Light of Constructivism and Attribution Theory

8. Marcus Ford: Psi Phenomena and a Whiteheadian Century

9. John Buchanan: Life After Death and Parapsychology

Part Two: Moral and Political Perspectives

10. Gene Reeve: David Griffin on Morality

11. Richard Falk: Postmodern Politics and Spirituality: Do We Need (or Want) World Government?

12. Tod Fletcher: Championing Truth and Justice: Griffin on 9/11

13. Peter Dale Scott: 9/11, Deep Politics, and Spirituality

14. Zhihe Wang: The Chinese Encounter with Constructive Postmodernism

Part Three: Responses and Reflections

15. David Ray Griffin: Responses

16. Beth Johnson: An Afternoon’s Reflection

17. David Ray Griffin: My Intellectual Journey

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, Claremont buy Ampicillin online School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies.

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“The range and depth of David Ray Griffin’s scholarly influence is phenomenal, and this book is a testament to his impact upon so many disciplines, issues, and topics. He is one of the most important thinkers of this generation.“ ~ Thomas Jay Oord, Northwest Nazarene University

“Whitehead once wrote, ‘It belongs to the self-respect of intellect to pursue every tangle of thought to its final unravelment.’ I cannot think of a more concise description of how David Griffin has spent his considerable talents.” – Sandra B. Lubarsky, from Chapter 7

“If the potential of Whitehead’s philosophy to change the climate of scholarship and of intellectual life is realized, there will be no one to whom more credit will be due than David Griffin.” – John B. Cobb, Jr., from the Preface

“No one on the Earth has to my knowledge done more to actualize the postmodern potential, indeed the omnipotentiality, of the constructive alternative [to the traditional “problem of evil”], than has Griffin.” – Catherine Keller, from Chapter 1

“David Ray Griffin is to be thanked for alerting us to the fact that it is a new ballgame in philosophy of mind: panexperientialism is now a reputable player.” – Daniel Dombrowski, from Chapter 3

“Whether in theology, philosophy, or politics, David Griffin has been dedicated to a search for truth reinforced by a strong ethical commitment to human well-being. In this respect, I find an organic consistency that links his explorations of the 9/11 attacks with investigations of the plausibility of life after death and paranormal psychological experience. In all these instances, Griffin’s truth-seeking swims against the strong tides of conventional wisdom and societal consensus.” – Richard Falk, from Chapter 11

“Vividly and persuasively, [Griffin] has pleaded the case for process theism as a compelling third position beyond the usual suspects – either classical theism or atheism. Better than any other process thinker, with the possible exception of Charles Hartshorne, he has made the case that by excluding or marginalizing process theism, philosophers of religion have been guilty of perpetuating [an incomplete] version of the intellectual options available.” – Nancy Frankenberry, from Chapter 7

“As this book as a whole shows, Professor Griffin has repeatedly provided promising new solutions that were challenging to established academic views. He has never let the unreadiness of others to think in novel ways deter him.” – Tod Fletcher, from Chapter 12

“The process school has distinguished itself by taking the risks that go with holding large intellectual ambitions, grappling creatively with the hardest intellectual problems. . . . No one better represents the intellectual ambition of process theology than David Griffin. He has surpassed everyone in challenging the materialistic, atheistic modernism of the academy.” – Gary Dorrien, from Chapter 2