PROCESS NEW THOUGHT
New Every Moment!
Welcome to the web site of Alan and Deb's Pretty Good Religion, a.k.a.Process New Thought. We have woven it out of the raw material of our spirituality. It is a religion that combines:
New Thought practices, including meditation, affirmation, visualization, consistent and persistent God-oriented attitudes toward life, for greater health, wealth, and happiness
a new, process-oriented understanding of the natures and relationships of God and ourselves. We like to sum this up with the expression "new every moment".
New every moment is more than a slogan; it is shorthand for an uplifting attitude and a comprehensive philosophy that we use to update New Thought, to keep the fun and major transformations in living that characterize New Thought, while discarding the perplexities and paradoxes that have marked some versions of New Thought.
Process thought is the systematic philosophy and theology of Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Hartshorne, and their followers. It seeks, among other things, to unify science and religion into a coherent whole. As a constructive postmodern philosophy, it has great importance for open-minded thinkers in all disciplines. It offers a sound, up-to-date metaphysical foundation for New Thought principles and practices, which are chiefly derived from the teachings of Jesus.
Unlike the common understanding of process as a succession of readily observable actions leading to a certain outcome (product), process thinkers understand process, constant change, as the basic nature of all reality. Ancient and early modern atomists believed that the basic building blocks of the universe were solid material particles, but process thinkers believe that those basic building blocks are units of living energy. Like P. P. Quimby's mingling minds, they are interacting, with earlier-developed ones influencing later ones. Each unit is a process, and so is the gigantic universal stream of them, which Whitehead referred to as "the creative advance into novelty."
Who We Are
Alan and Deb were a husband-and-wife writing, speaking, and teaching team residing in Spring Hill, Florida. They enjoyed walking on the beach by the surf, palm trees, hibiscus blossoms, and other tropical treats.
Alan (C. Alan Anderson, 1930-2012; for obituary see Newsletter , November 27, 2012, and also his Author Page on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/ ) earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston University. His doctoral dissertation, "Horatio W. Dresser and the Philosophy of New Thought", was later published as Healing Hypotheses and is available online here. Alan was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts. He was a co-founder, Board member, and program chairman of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion. His greatest life achievement was the creation of Process New Thought. "Si monumentum requiris, circumspice."
Deb (Deborah G. Whitehouse), earned her Ed.D. in educational psychology at Northern Illinois University. Her doctoral dissertation, "An Integration of Selected Social-Personality Theories into Glasser’s Control Theory", is available through University Microfilms. She is an educator, speaker, writer, and editor as well as a former church organist with a master’s degree in music. She is lyricist and composer of the song, "New Every Moment", which conveys the essence of our philosophy.
Alan and Deb are former members of the International New Thought Alliance Executive Board, and Deb writes an editorial column for the INTA quarterly magazine, New Thought. Alan created the original New Thought Movement Home Page and the original INTA web page in 1995. He is also the author of the award-winning web page, Metaphysics Multiple Meanings (see Alan-Writings).
We are Process New Thought Christians. We strive to live by the teachings of Jesus as set forth in the Bible. We are new every moment in the creative process guided by God’s love and wisdom. This understanding is founded on the best of recent science, philosophy, and theology, as well as on some ancient views.
All creation is co-creation. Co-creation requires a plurality of freely choosing minds or experiences. To claim that all is God, somehow appearing as many, is to deny the reality of co-creation. We recognize the psychological value of asserting "There is nothing but God" as an affirmation of the perfect presence and adequacy of God in every situation, as well as the nonexistence of any cosmic evil power. However, we consider the claim of God’s allness to be an inadequate attempt to explain God’s omnipresence, an attempt that produces insoluble ethical and metaphysical problems. Especially since Alfred North Whitehead explained how God and we can include (by what he called prehension) one another without being one another, it has been neither necessary nor desirable to suppose that God is all.
Process New Thought uses insights from Whiteheadian process philosophy, which emphasizes the essential nature of God as initiator in relation to any act of co-creation. The highest entity of which we are aware is the person. God as Creator can be no less. For God to have the supreme self-consciousness, intelligence, and love required to be the inspirer and orchestrator of the universe is for God to be the ultimate, impartial person, without the limitations of human persons. God’s loving character is utterly dependable and is the source of the utterly dependable principles that govern the universe. Process New Thought provides the soundest foundation for New Thought practices while adding the power of a comprehensive philosophical understanding compatible with contemporary science.
We combine our backgrounds in philosophy, psychology, and personal growth with the tradition of New Thought, which includes such groups as Divine Science, Religious Science (Science of Mind), and Unity. We update their static, idealistic views of reality with dynamic process understandings of creativity that are coherent and practical when applied to daily living.