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John B. Cobb, Jr.


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John B. Cobb, Jr., Ph.D, is a founding co-director of the Center for Process Studies and Process & Faith. He has held many positions, such as Ingraham Professor of Theology at the School of Theology at Claremont, Avery Professor at the Claremont Graduate School, Fullbright Professor at the University of Mainz, Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt, Harvard Divinity, Chicago Divinity Schools. His writings include: Christ in a Pluralistic Age; God and the World; For the Common Good. Co-winner of Grawemeyer Award of Ideas Improving World Order.


Position

  • Emeritus Professor, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate School
  • Co-director, Center for Process Studies; Process & Faith

Personal

  • Born in Japan, 1925.
  • Parents were Methodist missionaries.
  • Married to Jean L. Cobb.
  • Four sons: Theodore, Clifford, Andrew, Richard.

Education

  • Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan, 1938-39
  • Newnan High School, Georgia, 1939-41
  • Emory-at-Oxford, Georgia, 1941-43
  • University of Michigan, 1944
  • University of Chicago, 1947-50
  • MA 1949 and Ph.D. 1952 from the Divinity School, University of Chicago

Past
Positions

  • Young Harris College, Georgia 1950-53
  • Candler School of Theology, Emory U., 1953-58
  • Ingraham Prof., STC, l958-90
  • Avery Prof., CGS, 1960-1990
  • Fulbright Professor, U. of Mainz, 1965-66
  • Visiting Professor, Rikkyo U., Tokyo, 1978
  • Visiting Prof., Chicago Divinity School, 1980
  • Visiting Prof., Harvard Divinity School, 1987
  • Visiting Prof. Iliff School of Theology, 1991
  • Visiting Prof. Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1993

Honors

  • D.Theol., University of Mainz, 1968
  • Litt.D., Emory University, 1971
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1976
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, U. of Chicago, 1976
  • D.D., Linfield College, 1983
  • Alumnus of the Year, Chicago Divinity School, 1985
  • Litt.D., DePauw University, 1989

Books
Written

  • Varieties of Protestantism, 1960
  • Living Options in Protestant Theology, 1962
  • A Christian Natural Theology, 1965
  • The Structure of Christian Existence, 1967
  • God and the World, 1969
  • Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecology, 1971 (revised edition, 1995)
  • Liberal Theology at the Crossroads, 1973
  • Christ in a Pluralistic Age, 1975
  • with David Griffin, Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition, 1976 Theology and Pastoral Care, 1977
  • with Charles Birch, The Liberation of Life: from the Cell to the Community, 1981
  • Process Theology as Political Theology, 1982
  • Beyond Dialogue: Toward a Mutual Transformation of Christianity and Buddhism, 1982
  • with David Tracy, Talking About God, 1983
  • Praying for Jennifer, 1985
  • with Joseph Hough, Christian Identity and Theological Education, 1985
  • with Beardslee, Lull, Pregeant, Weeden, and Woodbridge, Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus, 1989
  • with Herman Daly, For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future, 1989 (revised edition, 1994)
  • Doubting Thomas, 1990
  • with Leonard Swidler, Paul Knitter, and Monika Helwig , Death or Dialogue, 1990
  • Matters of Life and Death, 1991
  • Can Christ Become Good News Again?, 1991
  • Sustainability, 1992
  • Becoming a Thinking Christian, 1993
  • Lay Theology, 1994
  • Sustaining the Common Good, 1994
  • Grace and Responsibility, 1995
  • Reclaiming the Church, 1997
  • Postmodernism and Public Policy, 2002
  • The Process Perspective (edited by Jeanyne B. Slettom), 2003
  • Romans (with David J. Lull), 2005
  • The Call of the Spirit: Process Spirituality in a Relational World (with Bruce Epperly and Paul Nancarrow), 2005
  • A Christian Natural Theology, Second Edition, 2007
  • Whitehead Word Book, 2008
  • Spiritual Bankruptcy: A Prophetic Call to Action, 2010
  • The Process Perspective II (edited by Jeanyne B. Slettom), 2011

Books
Edited

  • with James Robinson, The Later Heidegger and Theology, 1963
  • with James Robinson, The New Hermeneutic, 1964
  • with James Robinson, Theology as History, 1967
  • The Theology of Altizer: Critique and Response, 1971
  • with David Griffin, Mind in Nature, 1977
  • with Widick Schroeder, Process Philosophy and Social Thought, 1981
  • with Franklin Gamwell, Existence and Actuality: Conversations with Charles Hartshorne, 1984
  • Back to Darwin, 2008
  • Resistance: The New Role of Preogressive Christians, 2008
  • Dialogue Comes of Age, 2010