David Ray Griffin, PhD

A leading exponent of process philosophy and theology, David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. He is codirector of the Center for Process Studies.

In 1996, he was chosen as one of some 60 theologians worldwide to be included in the Handbook of Christian Theologians. His 27 books include God, Power, and Evil; Process Theology; The Reenchantment of Science: Postmodern Proposals; God and Religion in the Postmodern World; Evil Revisited; Postmodern Politics for a Planet in Crisis; Unsnarling the World-Knot: Consciousness, Freedom, and the Mind-Body Problem; Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts; Reenchantment without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion; The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11; Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith; The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, and Deep Religious Pluralism. He has also published over 150 essays.

Through his two books about 9/11, he has become one of the intellectual leaders of the 9/11 truth movement. Some essays (including The 9/11 Commission Report: A 576-Page Lie) and DVD-lectures (including one carried on C-SPAN) are available at 9-11 Visibility Project

Tuesday, April 25
9/11 and Demonic Consciousness
— David Ray Griffin —
Ballroom 8:45am to 10:00am
My thesis is that the attacks of 9/11 were products of demonic consciousness, with "the demonic" understood as an emergent reality that is diametrically opposed to the creative power of the universe and strong enough to threaten its purposes. To explain how demonic power can arise in a monotheistic universe. I use the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, with some help from Carl Jung. Then to explain how demonic evil arose historically, I employ ideas from Andrew Bard Schmookler's Parable of the Tribes. Finally, arguing that this demonic consciousness now exists most powerfully in the USA, I suggest that a preeminent manifestation of it in our time was 9/11, orchestrated by the Bush-Cheney administration. In making this latter argument, I will draw on my two books on the subject: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions.

Goal: To show the possibility of a view of demonic evil that is realistic -- doing justice to the way in which our collective lives are dominated by values that can only be called demonic—without being mythological.
Learning Objectives:
• To develop a basic understanding of how Whitehead's version of theism allows for the rise of demonic evil,
• To develop a sense of how the ideas of Schmookler and Jung can explain the historical rise of demonic evil, and
• To develop a deeper appreciation of the relation between 9/11 and the American Empire.

Tuesday, April 25
Demonic Consciousness and Evidence for 9/11 as an Inside Job
— David Ray Griffin —
Ballroom 10:30am to 12:00 noon

This program will provide an occasion to discuss the keynote lecture, "9/11 and Demonic Consciousness." It will begin with a talk on additional evidence that 9/11 was a false flag operation orchestrated by forces in our own government.

Goal: To show the possibility of a view of demonic evil that is realistic without being mythological, and to present evidence that the attacks of 9/11 embodied such evil.

Learning Objectives:
• Acquire a basic understanding of how Whiteheadian process theism allows for the rise of demonic evil, understood as demonic human consciousness,
• Grasp how the war system has allowed demonic consciousness to arise and develop historically, and
• See evidence that 9/11 was orchestrated by the U.S. government to promote the American Empire.

CEs Available:

This conference is approved for CEUs through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

We can also issue you a Certificate of Attendance for submitting to other Boards.

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