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David Ray Griffin (1939-2022). The Man and His Work - A Synopsis

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Dr Griffin 'stands with the greats  yet was quiet, humorous, down to earth, and unassuming'
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How Big Can A Mind Be?

If we're lucky we have threescore and ten years in a very big wide world full of history to experience as much as we can take in.

Threescore-ten is not nearly enough, but some extraordinary people manage to encompass and give order to a lot of it.

And some even more extraordinary people manage to rise above their own lives to interpret creation and the fabric of the universe as having consistent meaning across cultures and throughout the ages.

David Ray Griffin was Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, from 1973-2004. With his senior, Dr. John Cobb Jr., he co-founded the Center for Process Studies in 1973.

Griffin has stated that "the task of a theologian is to look at the world from what we would imagine the divine perspective, one that would care about the good of the whole and would love all the parts."

Not only was David an outstanding theologian and one of the two best-known living scholars of Alfred North Whitehead's process theology (the other being John Cobb): His books also spanned the related fields of postmodernism, theodicy (defence of God against evil), primordial truth, panentheism, scientific naturalism, parapsychology, Buddhist thought, and the mind-body interaction.

About the time that he retired in 2004, he was approached by some people who admired his candor, and pointed to evidence that the 9/11 event was highly suspicious.

At first David thought that 9/11 was simply blowback from the way America had treated the Middle East, but upon researching it more deeply he realized that there was indeed a very serious likelihood that the US had contrived 9/11 as a false flag operation to manufacture consent to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq for their oil.

This injustice fired his energy to research in depth, then write a dozen scholarly books on 9/11 - books that were not acknowledged in the media - but which engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the purveyors of the official 9/11 narrative, who continually adapted their story to cover up the weaknesses that David tracked and revealed as their tattered narrative evolved.

The first and most famous of these books was The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11, published by his much-appreciated Interlink press in March 2004.

That best-seller was followed in 2005 by a devastating takedown of the Bush Administration's whitewash Commission titled The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, which exposed 115 problems in "the 571-page lie".

Following these early 9/11 works, David was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2008 and 2009, and was named among "The 50 People Who Matter Today" by the New Statesman, on September 24, 2009.

In November, 2008, David's seventh book about 9/11, The New Pearl Harbour Revisited, was one of only 51 books awarded as "pick of the week" that year by Publishers Weekly.

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