His Life and Work – A Celebration
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that our friend and mentor in the great 9/11 Truth work, Prof. David Ray Griffin, has succumbed to his long battle with cancer and passed away on November 25, 2022.
We invite you to join us now in this special livestream tribute to the ‘grandfather of the 9/11 Truth Movement’. This special event was hosted by Elizabeth Woodworth, myself, Richard Gage, AIA, along with my wife & assistant Gail Gage.
Our panel of distinguished guests who payed their respects to this giant of an intellectual, this author of no less than 50 books (15 on the subject of 9/11 truth) included Peter Dale Scott, Paul Craig Roberts, Fran Shure, Niels Harrit, Steven Jones, Barbara Honegger, David Chandler, and Ken Jenkins.
The event is free to watch now. We hope you will share it with all of your like-minded friends:
My personal reflection:
The Day My Life Changed Forever
His voice was deceptively gentle on the radio that afternoon, March 29, 2006. I had by chance turned to the FM station KPFA, on my way back from a construction observation duty in the San Francisco Bay Area. There was a very brave talk show host, Bonnie Faulkner, who was the only one at the station willing to take deep dives into exposing the Deep State, but I didn’t know about that, or her, yet – nor of her mysterious guest that day, David Ray Griffin.
She was asking him to share with her audience his findings, having just discovered Graeme MacQueen’s deep research into the 500 pages of explosive testimonies of the Oral Histories of hundreds of 9/11 first responders – released by New York City under court order in August of 2005.
This professor of theology carefully read many of these eyewitness statements of explosions, one after another. I found myself entering a state of cognitive dissonance. I had never heard of any alternative theory about how the Twin Towers came down.
I couldn’t drive and listen to this at the same time. It required all of my brain power to try to process his message. The testimony was powerful – and already contradicting my very worldview. I pulled my car into the parking lot and just sat and listened – in horror actually. I thought I knew pretty well what happened on 9/11. I was a Reagan Republican and wanted to go into Afghanistan and Iraq and get those bastards who did this to us.
But here was this very well-spoken, seemingly objective, elderly gentleman, telling me about beams flying out of the towers laterally, dripping with molten metal, impaling themselves into buildings hundreds of feet away. He even tried to tell me that a third tower came down – one that wasn’t even hit by a plane! “What?! I’m an architect! I would know if a third tower came down! They would have told me!
“Either this guy is the biggest con artist – or I had been conned by my government” – and I just couldn’t go there – not yet anyway. I would prove him wrong. I went to see him the next night at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA. But I was late. And he had attracted a sell-out crowd of 600. I couldn’t get in!
I could listen to him on what they were calling a “livestream” (brand new back then!). What I heard, online that night, was a deeply moving presentation that covered a whole lot more ground than I had heard on the radio, and it was delivered with a simple logic that I couldn’t fight. David Ray Griffin stepped aside and let his evidence do the work. I was in trouble. By the time he was done with me, I felt like I had been turned upside down and inside out. I was confused – raw and vulnerable, yet this had turned to anger in the days and weeks to come, and the anger turned to action, as I independently verified his outrageous insinuations about my government and the media who had lied to me on a colossal scale. It was his unique unassuming style that had stripped me defenseless and enabled me to see the truth. I learned that millions of others were equally taken apart at the seams by the logic in his 15 books and dozens of presentations around the world.
Looking back on the painful transformation, caused by this innocent man, I have indeed arrived at a state of deep gratitude.
For he, and others inspired by him such as Steven Jones, over the course of the following years, mentored and encouraged me to follow in some giant footsteps and speak my new-found 9/11 truth. He will live in my heart and continue to be heard as long as I have breath to speak.
David Ray Griffin on 9/11
David Ray Griffin -- **9/11 - The Myth and The Reality**
David Ray Griffin - 911 and the American Empire (2005)
Dr David Ray Griffin "911:Evidence & Faith" 2007
911FILES David Ray Griffin 2007 Let's Get Empirical
9/11: Time for a Second Look, by David Ray Griffin, 2009, Boston University
David Ray Griffin - 911 Commission Report: Ommissions and Distortions
David Ray Griffin casually remembers Noam Chomsky's reluctance to touch 9/11
Hooper's Heroes - DR. DAVID RAY GRIFFIN - The 6 Miracles of 9/11 - Controlled Demolition
David Ray Griffin in a fairly objective interview on a mainstream channel
David Ray Griffin: "I believe the Lawyers' Committee..."
David Ray Griffin on Tucker Carlson, 8-9-2006
The poignant reflective article posted on Global Research David Ray Griffin (1939-2022) The Man and His Work: A Synopsis by Elizabeth Woodworth, his right-hand for more than a decade, is quite inspiring.
Many of the presentations by David Ray Griffin have been filmed by Ken Jenkins and are available at 9-11TV.org.
David Ray Griffin’s books on the subject of 9/11 Truth include:
- The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004)
- The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions (2004)
- 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, Vol. 1 (2006) with Peter Dale Scott
- Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action (2006)
- The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God: A Political, Economic, Religious Statement (2006) with John B. Cobb , Richard A. Falk , Catherine Keller
- Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and the Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (2007)
- 9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press (2008)
- The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-up and the Exposé (2008)
- Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? (2009)
- The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7 (2009)
- Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory (2010)
- 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed (2011)
- Bush and Cheney: How they Ruined America and the World (2017)
- The American Trajectory: Divine or Demonic? (2018)
- 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation (2018) with Elizabeth Woodworth
Dozens of his other books can be found here on Amazon.com.
David Ray Griffin on Theology
David Ray Griffin, "At One With" TV Interview Part 1, 1983
David Ray Griffin, "At One With" TV Interview Part 2, 1983
David Ray Griffin, a teaser: the power of God
Ask the Clergy - An Interview with David Ray Griffin
David Ray Griffin - An Introduction to Process Theology
Whiteheadian Physics: Its Implications for Time, Consciousness, and Freedom, David Ray Griffin, 2005
David Griffin: The Whiteheadian Century"
David Ray Griffin’s books on the subject of theology include:
- A process Christology (1973)
- Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition, with John Cobb (1976)
- John Cobb’s Theology in Process (1977)
- Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time: Bohm, Prigogine and Process Philosophy (1986)
- The Reenchantment of Science: Postmodern Proposals (1988)
- Spirituality and Society: Postmodern Visions (1988)
- Varieties of Postmodern Theology (1989)
- God and Religion in the Postmodern World: Essays in Postmodern Theology (1989)
- Archetypal Process: Self and Divine in Whitehead, Jung, and Hillman (1990)
- Sacred Interconnections: Postmodern Spirituality, Political Economy and Art (1990)
- Primordial Truth and Postmodern Theology (1990)
- God, Power, and Evil: A Process Theodicy (1991)
- Evil Revisited: Responses and Reconsiderations (1991)
- Founders of Constructive Postmodern Philosophy: Peirce, James, Bergson, Whitehead, and Hartshorne (1993), with John Cobb, Marcus Ford, Pete Gunter, and Peter Ochs
- Postmodern Politics for a Planet in Crisis: Policy, Process, and Presidential Vision (1993)
- Jewish Theology and Process Thought (1996)
- Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality: A Postmodern Exploration (1997)
- Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion (2000)
- Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts (2000)
- Searching for an Adequate God: A Dialogue between Process and Free Will Theists (2000)
- Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith (2004)
- Deep Religious Pluralism (2005)
- Whitehead’s Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy: An Argument for Its Contemporary Relevance (2007)
- Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism: Rethinking Evil, Morality, Religious Experience, Religious Pluralism, and the Academic Study of Religion (2014)
- The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology (2019)
“He Took Stands that Were Not Popular Either in the Church or in the Secular World“
My name is John B. Cobb, Jr. I was David Griffin’s teacher and for many years colleague and partner. He studied, and we later worked together, at the Claremont School of Theology. Fifty years ago we organized the Center for Process Studies that undertook to help scholars in many fields of study to understand that shifting from mechanistic to organic theory in the way Alfred North Whitehead had developed would benefit their work. The scientific evidence is that the world is made up of interrelated events (or processes) rather than tiny bits of separate static matter.
We wish scientists would re-think their models in light of the evidence they have uncovered. It would also make for a coherent, integrated vision of the sciences and humanities and guide our response to the global crisis
Although we worked with many scientists and humanists in fruitful ways, universities have organized themselves to block any such efforts, telling faculty that they should “save the world” on their own time. Their job, academics say, is to provide factual (“value-free”) information to whoever will pay for it and use it for whatever they wish. If that hastens human suicide, so be it. Academics have other tasks.
In contrast, as process theologians, we think our job is to deal from a Christian perspective with whatever is important for the well-being of the Earth. Our first responsibility is to Truth.
I have never known anyone more committed to truth than David Griffin. He took stands that were not popular either in the church or in the secular world. He sought no reward. He adopted Whitehead’s philosophy because it rings true, although both church and university opposed it.
When 9/11 occurred, David appreciated that it was an important event with drastic consequences. He saw that it was being described falsely and used for destructive purposes. To announce the truth about it was harmful to his career and even to the process movement. But for him, such considerations were not determinative. Finding and sharing the truth was his calling as a Christian theologian.
I trusted him completely and found his account convincing. Although his absorption in this topic was not helpful to the process movement, I admired his choice and have identified myself as a “conspiracy theorist” to add to my own marginalization. The mainstream is destroying life on this planet, and neither David nor I had any desire to be successful in that context.
Eventually, he had done what he could to advance the quest for 9/11 truth and returned to promoting process thought explicitly in its relevance to many topics. He continued publishing to the day of his death.
I could write with enthusiasm about his recent books. However, although the churches and the theological community have distanced themselves from him, I consider his work on 9/11 his greatest theological accomplishment. Perhaps when the public knows the truth, questions will be raised about the imperial foreign policy the neo-conservatives imposed on our nation in the aftermath.
John B. Cobb Jr.