AREAS OF THEOLOGICAL INFLUENCE & INTEREST
Historical Jesus Scholarship – the application of historical, cultural and religious analysis, various hermeneutical methods and textual analysis to explore the teachings and actions of Jesus of Nazareth and the understanding and practices of the early Christian communities.
Scholarly influences include – John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, N.T. Wright, John P. Meier, Stephen P. Patterson
Personalism – the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all human persons (including the dignity and worth of all living things) rooted in the Judeo-Christian teaching that humankind was made in the Divine image and the Quaker conviction of that of God in everyone.
Scholarly influences include – Karol Wojtyla, Emmanuel Mounier, John Crosby, Max Scheler, Thomas Nagel
Natural Law Ethical Reasoning – Morality is not imposed on humanity or revealed by a deity or religious authority. Rather it is an integral part of our natural identity. Our moral responsibilities and rights arise from our nature (a reasoned teleological reflection on such) and our relationship to others. This vision offers a framework within which to conduct moral reasoning. Our motivation for virtue is a matter of our own integrity, following the logic of our very being.
Scholarly influences include – Alasdair MacIntyre, Max Scheler, Aristotle, Aquinas, Henry Veatch, John Finnis,
Narrative Theology -the idea that theology’s use of scripture should focus on a narrative representation rather than the development of a set of propositions reasoned from the texts themselves. Narrative theology tries to focus its approach to theology to the meaning in the story and the ongoing claims of the various communities who comprise the people of the narrative.
Scholarly influences include – Henri de Lubac, Hans urs von Balthasar, George Lindbeck, Hans Frei, Stanley Hauerwas
Religious Naturalism – working from within the framework of a modest methodological naturalism to foster a spirituality informed by science and reason, theological realism, rooted in nature, affirming of human dignity, and dedicated to social justice and sustainability.
Scholarly influences include – Loyal Rue, Donald Crosby, Jerome Stone, Gordon Kaufman, Mordecai Kaplan, Thomas Berry
Mystical Panentheism – The affirmation that the divine/sacred pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe and also extends beyond time and space. It includes an existential openness to the interconnectedness and unity of all being, the affirmation of the preciousness of all life, and the conviction that the sacred presence is both immanent and transcendent.
Scholarly influences include – Paul Tillich, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Alfred Whitehead, Katherine Keller, Thomas Nagel
Spiritual Ecology – a blending of convictions that include achieving justice and peace for all, respect for all living beings, reasoned reflection on human nature and its inherent ethical dimensions, and fostering an awareness of the sacred nature of all creation.
Scholarly influences include – Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin, Carl Jung, Mary Oliver, Jason Kirkey, Starhawk, Arthur Green, Thomas Berry
Originally from New York City, Gregory has called the Grand Rapids, Michigan area home since 1995. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and theology at Franciscan University in Ohio, his M.Phil. in philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein, and did his doctoral work in philosophy (Ph.D.) at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
He holds multiple certifications in digital copywriting, sustainability, human centered design, usability, and religious naturalism and spiritual ecology.
He volunteers at the Kent County Animal Shelter, Kids’ Food Basket, and the Inner City Christian Federation.
He is a member of the Grand Rapids Friends Meeting (Quakers), the Religious Naturalist Association, and founder of the Center for Evidential Theology.
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