Jay MacDaniel lecturing to a class at Northwest Nazarene University
It is my pray that some of the issues raised by “Concerned Nazarenes” will be helpful to Christians who simply believe Scripture. Our purpose is to point out the errors and false teachings of this “modern” approach used by “modern” Christian educators, teaching students, for example, to believe in PAN-EN-THEISM, GOD EXISTS IN BEINGS EVERYWHERE! Let us with humble hearts examine the claims of Jesus Christ and his written word.
The attack is seemingly never ending; to discredit the written word of God.
Nazarene background NNU Thomas Jay Oord; Mr. Thomas Oord was present at the lecture. Mr. Oord gives opportunity to students to voice their questions at the end of the lecture.
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Oord holds a PhD and MA from Claremont Graduate University, an MDiv from the Nazarene Theological Seminary and a BA from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). He was a youth pastor at Bloomington Church of the nazarene
He has taught at Africa Nazarene University, Azusa Pacific University, Eastern Nazarene College, Harvard Divinity School, and Wesley Theological Seminary. He currently teaches in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University. He was a youth pastor at Bridge church of the Nazare at Bridge Ca
Oord’s love studies begin with his own definition: to love is to act intentionally, in sympathetic response to others (including God), to promote overall well-being. He proposes this definition with the desire that it might be useful for research in science, religion, and philosophy.
Oord has also posited definitions of the classic love archetypes commonly referred to by philosophers and theologians:
- agape: love that promotes overall well-being when confronted by that which generates ill-feeling (i.e., returning good for ill)
- eros: love that promotes overall well-being by affirming the valuable or beautiful
- philia: love that promotes overall well-being when cooperating with others, and that moreover gives humans authentic friendship
As a relational theologian, Oord argues that the fundamental nature of all things existing is relational. What it means to exist is decided by the decisions made in response to the influence of others, including God. Oord says that God is also relational, and God and creatures mutually influence one another. While creatures influence God, God’s essence remains constant. But God’s influence precedes each moment of creaturely existence. This preceding divine influence is the inspiring and empowering of prevenient grace (See John Wesley).
Oord has been identified (rightly or wrongly) with a number of contemporary theological movements, including Holiness theology, Wesleyan theology, Open theology, Arminian theology, Process theology, Liberation theology, Evangelical, Postmodern, and Feminist theology. The driving force behind his theological interests, however, seems to be his intent to make sense of God as love and the great love commandments given by Jesus.
Oord’s contributions to science and religion research are varied. Oord argues that love and altruism are important spiritual and scientific categories for contemporary research. He adopts a form of theistic evolution, which requires a necessary place for both divine and creaturely action. Oord argues that the traditional doctrine of creation out of absolutely nothing argument does not make scientific, philosophic or biblical sense in light of the problem of evil and divine love relations.
Thomas Jay Oord is currently a theological consultant for the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, has been academic correspondent and contributing editor to Science & Theology News, and is an officer in a variety of scholarly societies. Oord was the president of the Wesleyan Theological Society from 2008-2009 and was past president of the Wesleyan Philosophical Society. He leads the AAR Open and Relational Theologies group.
Trained in the philosophy of religion and theology, my specialty is Process or Whiteheadian thought. My Ph.D. dissertation was on Whitehead and Buddhism, with particular focus on whether and how, with help from Whitehead’s way of thinking, human beings might jointly awaken to the wisdom of Buddhist enlightenment and simultaneously live from faith in God. Since writing the dissertation many years ago, I have had the privilege of teaching the religions of the world, and my interests have grown to include them all. Even though all religious traditions are finite and none can be said to have all the truth, I am impressed with the various kinds of wisdom that each contains: wisdom that seems relevant not only to their adherents but also to the wider world. I am simultaneously impressed by the need on the part of people in the many different traditions to develop forms of awareness that are sensitive to the value of the more-than-human world- that is, the plants and animals, the hills and rivers- and to engage in dialogue with one another for the sake of peace and mutual transformation. Accordingly, I have written books on religion and ecology, religion and inter-religious dialogue, and spirituality in an age of consumerism. My current interest is to see how these myriad concerns might unfold in China. I have taken students to China several times and have made many good friends in China myself, thanks to the work of the China Project, which is based at the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California. In the summer of 2006 I taught the first annual “Whitehead Summer Academy” in China, taking three Hendrix students with me as teaching assistants.
My aim as a teacher at Hendrix is to help students understand how people live and think in different parts of the world when they are shaped by religious points of view. It is also to help students develop “philosophies” and “theologies” of their own in dialogue with the many religions and also with people who are not interested in religion. I think of myself as a “constructive theologian” and encourage my students to recognize that they, too, can be creative thinkers in their own right. Understanding others and creatively responding to what one learns: these are the guiding ideals of my teaching.
Projects and Publications:
I have written five books and edited three. These include With Roots and Wings: Christianity in an Age of Ecology and Dialogue; Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism; and Gandhi’s Hope: Learning from Other Religions as a Path to Peace. My current project is to write a book that can be used in China and in the United States to facilitate cross-cultural interchange. It uses the philosophy of Whitehead as a bridge by which people in the two cultures can communicate with one another and as a bridge by which people in both cultures, each in their own way, can move forward into the twenty-first century in ways that are socially just, ecologically sustainable, and spiritually satisfying. I am also interested in taking students from Hendrix to China and helping others get to know Chinese people. Toward that end I work closely with several universities in China and the United States.
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