Quotes & Sayings

We, and creation itself, actualize the possibilities of the God who sustains the world, towards becoming in the world in a fuller, more deeper way. - R.E. Slater

There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts, so that all of our choices and actions have [consequential effects upon] the world around us. - Process Metaphysician Alfred North Whitehead

Kurt Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem says (i) all closed systems are unprovable within themselves and, that (ii) all open systems are rightly understood as incomplete. - R.E. Slater

The most true thing about you is what God has said to you in Christ, "You are My Beloved." - Tripp Fuller

The God among us is the God who refuses to be God without us, so great is God's Love. - Tripp Fuller

According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater

Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater

Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger

Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton

I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – Anon

Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII

Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest

We become who we are by what we believe and can justify. - R.E. Slater

People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – Anon

Certainly, God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater

An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater

Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann

Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner

“Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14) or, conversely, “I AM who I AM Becoming.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton

The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – Anon

The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul

The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah

If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – Anon

Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord

Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another, so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

To promote societal transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework which includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace. - The Earth Charter Mission Statement

Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma

It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

God's love must both center and define the Christian faith and all religious or human faiths seeking human and ecological balance in worlds of subtraction, harm, tragedy, and evil. - R.E. Slater

In Whitehead’s process ontology, we can think of the experiential ground of reality as an eternal pulse whereby what is objectively public in one moment becomes subjectively prehended in the next, and whereby the subject that emerges from its feelings then perishes into public expression as an object (or “superject”) aiming for novelty. There is a rhythm of Being between object and subject, not an ontological division. This rhythm powers the creative growth of the universe from one occasion of experience to the next. This is the Whiteheadian mantra: “The many become one and are increased by one.” - Matthew Segall

Without Love there is no Truth. And True Truth is always Loving. There is no dichotomy between these terms but only seamless integration. This is the premier centering focus of a Processual Theology of Love. - R.E. Slater


Note: Generally I do not respond to commentary. I may read the comments but wish to reserve my time to write (or write from the comments I read). Instead, I'd like to see our community help one another and in the helping encourage and exhort each of us towards Christian love in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. - re slater

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Index - Process Theologian John Cobb

Index to Process Theologian John Cobb

In honor of John B. Cobb, Jr. on his 95th birthday
February 11, 2020

Lectures, Forums, Panels, and Podcasts
by John Cobb

Essays by John Cobb

Thoughts & Writings of John Cobb, Jr.
(listed by most recent date)

Meet Process Theologian John Cobb, Jr.

Alfred North Whitehead

Alfred North Whitehead's Process & Reality

Robert Mesle's Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead

Course Outline: Whitehead's Process and Reality, by Jay McDaniel

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Process Theologian John B. Cobb, Jr.

John Cobb Teaches Process & Reality
by Alfred North Whitehead

John Cobb - Introduction to Whitehead's Process & Reality <-- Recommended

Alfred North Whitehead's "Process & Reality" - Content Chapters

Alfred North Whitehead "Process and Reality," Corrected Edition, Complete Book Outline

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, Part I

Whitehead - What Does He mean by "Feelings" (sic, Positive & Negative Prehensions)

Notes on Whitehead's Vacuous Actuality

Notes - Whitehead's Process Philosophy

A.N. Whitehead - A Conspectus of Whitehead's Metaphysics

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, Part II

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, Part II - Class Discussions

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, Part III

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, Part III - Class Discussions

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, IV Lecture 
<-- unfinished

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, IV - Class Discussions   <-- unfinished

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, V Lecture   <-- unfinished

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, V - Class Discussions   <-- unfinished

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, VI Lecture   <-- unfinished

John Cobb - Whitehead's Process & Reality, VI - Class Discussions  
 <-- unfinished

The Alexandrian Solution

Untying the Gordian Knot of Science
Tim Eastman, John Cobb, Matt Segall

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Process Philosopher & Theologian John Cobb, Jr.

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of John B. Cobb, Jr.
Claremont Institute for Process Studies. Held at Decker Hall on the
campus of Pilgrim Place in Claremont, CA, on February 11, 2020.

0:00 - Singing
14:00 - Process Philosopher & Theologian David Ray Griffin (JC's Assistant)
23:00 - DRG: Cobb
34:00 - Margaret Suchochi (JC's Student)
47:00 - Catherine Keller (JC's "Star" Pupil)
55:00 - Tribute by worship band
60:00 - Cobb Honorees for International Extensions of Cobb Institute
65:00 - John Cobb Legacy Film
70:00 - John Gingrich, Claremont Board Chair

Meet Process Theologian John Cobb, Jr.

Theologian, Philosopher, Humanitarian
John Cobb, Jr.

Meet Process Theologian John Cobb, Jr.

Below you will find a small sample of resources that we think you'll find valuable as you consider the many possible ways that process thought might be relevant to your understanding of and journey in faith. If you have suggestions that you would like us to consider, please let us know.

Articles & Books

Process Thought

God Beyond Orthodoxy: Process Theology for the 21st Century, by Philip Clayton (PDF)
A Perspective from Process Theology, by William Stegall
Process Philosophy, by J. R. Hustwit (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Process Philosophy, by Johanna Seibt (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Process Theism, by Don Viney (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Process Theology, by John Cobb
Process Worldviews: Four Summary Statements (Open Horizons website)
What is Process Theology? A Basic Introduction, by Marjorie Suchocki (PDF)
What is Process Thought? by Jay McDaniel


Christian Faith and Process Philosophy, by Bernard M. Loomer (Religion Online website)
Dynamics of Faith, by Paul Tillich (PDF)
Faith, by John Bishop (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Faith in Buddhism (The Spiritual Life website)
The Faith That Kills and the Faith That Quickens, by John Cobb (Religion Online website)


Process Theology: An Introductory Introduction, by John B. Cobb (Sep. 14, 2004, MP3 Audio)

Biography of John B. Cobb, Jr.

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.

  • Emeritus Professor, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate School
  • Co-director, Center for Process Studies; Process & Faith
  • Born in Japan, 1925.
  • Parents were Methodist missionaries.
  • Married to Jean L. Cobb.
  • Four sons: Theodore, Clifford, Andrew, Richard.
  • 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
  • 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 Progressive Christians, 2008
  • Dialogue Comes of Age, 2010

Process Theologian John Cobb, Jr.

Bill Gates - Three big shifts in the climate conversation

Bill Gates Meets World

As a career, I have served as a tech consultant, products vendor, software entrepreneur, innovator to small businesses, technology educator, a one-man service shop for all kinds of user needs, and have moved through 9 iterations of technology from the mid-1980s to 2015. Let's just say I've seen a lot of change in those 30 years.

While doing this I also paid attention to many of the tech heads of state of whose products I've used and sold. Bill Gates was one of those science-tech guys I paid attention to. Along with other Fortune 500 companies I continue to follow Bill in his many ventures to heal the world through startup businesses, investor foresight, societal justice, and innovation. Thus, my occasional nod in Bill's direction here at Relevancy22 on climate change, vaccinations, etc.

All ecological civilizations and societies have to start from somewhere. Bill, it seems, is starting in the middle and moving in all directions at once to see what sticks. God bless him. I admire his courage and fortitude amid tasks that will take all of our efforts to help restore the earth back to a healthy state of green and blue.

R.E. Slater
November 9, 2021

Partners in Climte Change

In Glasgow, I saw three big shifts in the climate conversation

A lot has changed in the past six years.

by Bill Gates | November 08, 2021

Last week I spent three fantastic days at the global climate summit (known as COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. My main impression is how much things have changed since the last summit, back in 2015—and I don’t mean because of COVID. The climate conversation has shifted dramatically, and for the better.

One big shift is that clean-energy innovation is higher on the agenda than ever. The world needs to get to zero carbon emissions by 2050. As I argue in the book I published this year, accomplishing that will require a green Industrial Revolution in which we decarbonize virtually the entire physical economy: how we make things, generate electricity, move around, grow food, and cool and heat buildings. The world already has some of the tools we’ll need to do that, but we need a huge number of new inventions too.

So at an event like this, one way I measure progress is by the way people are thinking about what it’ll take to reach zero emissions. Do they think we already have all the tools we need to get there? Or is there a nuanced view of the complexity of this problem, and the need for new, affordable clean technology that helps people in low- and middle-income countries raise their standard of living without making climate change worse?

Six years ago, there were more people on the we-have-what-we-need side than on the innovation side. This year, though, innovation was literally on center stage. One session of the World Leaders Summit, where I got to speak, was exclusively about developing and deploying clean technologies faster.

I also helped launch the Net Zero World Initiative, a commitment from the U.S. government to help other countries get to zero by providing funding and—even more important—access to experts throughout the government, including the top minds at America’s world-class national laboratories. These countries will get support with planning the transition to a green economy, piloting new technologies, working with investors, and more.

The second major shift is that the private sector is now playing a central role alongside governments and nonprofits. In Glasgow, I met with leaders in various industries that need to be part of the transition—including shipping, mining, and financial services—who had practical plans to decarbonize and to support innovation. I saw CEOs of international banks really engaging with these issues, whereas many of them wouldn’t even have shown up a few years ago. (It made me wish we could get the same kind of turnout and excitement for conferences on global health!)

I announced that three new partners—Citi, the IKEA Foundation, and State Farm—will be working with Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, a program designed to get the most promising climate technologies to scale much faster than would happen naturally. They’re joining the first round of seven partners we announced in September. It’s amazing to see how much momentum Catalyst has generated in just a few months.

I was also honored to join President Biden and his climate envoy, John Kerry, to announce that Breakthrough Energy will be the primary implementation partner for the First Movers Coalition. It’s a new initiative from the U.S. State Department and the World Economic Forum that will boost demand for emerging climate solutions in some of the sectors where it’ll be especially hard to eliminate emissions: aviation, concrete and steel production, shipping, and more.

The third shift I’m seeing is that there’s even more visibility for climate adaptation. The worst tragedy of rising temperatures is that they will do the most harm to the people who have done the least to cause them. And if we don’t help people in low- and middle-income countries thrive despite the warming that is already under way, the world will lose the fight against extreme poverty.

So it was great to hear President Biden and other leaders repeatedly raising the importance of adaptation. I got to join the president, along with officials from the United Arab Emirates, to launch a program called Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate. It’s designed to focus some of the world’s innovative IQ on ways to help the poorest people adapt, such as new varieties of crops that can withstand more droughts and floods. More than 30 other countries, as well as dozens of companies and nonprofits (including the Gates Foundation), are already supporting it.

As part of that effort, I joined a coalition of donors that pledged more than half a billion dollars to support the CGIAR’s work to advance climate-smart innovations for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Some people look at the problems that still need to be solved and see the glass as half-empty. I don’t share that view, but this is what I would tell anyone who does: The glass is being filled up faster than ever. If we keep this up—if the world puts even more effort into innovations that reduce the cost of getting to zero and help the poorest people adapt to climate change—then we’ll be able to look back on this summit as an important milestone in avoiding a climate disaster.

Three major shifts in the climate conversation
Nov 8, 2021