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

Thursday, February 10, 2022


by DR. JOHN B. COBB, Jr.

Happy 97th Birthday!
February 8, 2022

Publication List Placed in Chronological order
from most recent to earliest

Living Options in Protestant Theology: a Survey of Methods
by John B (John Boswell) Cobb Jr | Sep 9, 2021

Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored
by Ray McGinnis and John B Cobb Jr | Aug 27, 2021

Is It Too Late?: A Theology of Ecology
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Apr 20, 2021

Salvation: Jesus's Mission and Ours
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Oct 8, 2020

The Process Perspective
by John B Cobb Jr and Jeanyne B Slettom | Sep 16, 2020

Process Theology as Political Theology
by John B. Jr. Cobb | Jul 21, 2016

Jesus' Abba: The God Who Has Not Failed
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Mar 31, 2016

Toward a Spiritual Psychotherapy: Soul as a Dimension of Experience
by Hunter Beaumont Ph.D. and John B. Cobb Jr. | Apr 3, 2012

Redesigning the Planet: Creating Global Ecological Designs
by Alan Wittbecker, John B. Cobb Jr, et al. | Jan 30, 2012

Spiritual Bankruptcy: A Prophetic Call to Action
by John B. Jr. Cobb | Oct 1, 2010

Beyond Dialogue: Toward a mutual transformation of Buddhism. Christianity (Paperback)(Chinese Edition)
Chinese Edition | by YUE HAN B. KE BU (John B Cobb.Jr.) | Jun 1, 2008

Back to Darwin: A Richer Account of Evolution
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Feb 2, 2008

Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Jan 23, 2007

The Call of the Spirit: Process Spirituality in a Relational World
by John B. Cobb Jr., Bruce G. Epperly, et al. | Dec 20, 2005

Romans (Chalice Commentaries for Today)
by Dr. David Lull and Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. | Nov 1, 2005

The Emptying God: A Buddhist-Jewish-Christian Conversation
by John B. Cobb Jr. and Christopher Ives | Oct 11, 2005

God and the World
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Jan 1, 2000

Speaking of Religion & Politics
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Jan 1, 2000

Christ in a Pluralistic Age
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Jan 18, 1999

Beyond Dialogue - Toward a Mutual Transformation of Christianity and Buddhism
by Jr. Cobb, John B. and John B. Cobb | Jul 30, 1998

Reclaiming the Church
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Jan 1, 1997

Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition
by John B. Cobb Jr.; David Ray Griffin | Jan 1, 1996

Matters of Life and Death
by John B. Cobb Jr. | Apr 1, 1991

by David Tracy and Jr. Cobb, John B. | Jan 1, 1984

Encountering Evil: Live Options in Theodicy
by John B. Cobb Jr., David R. Griffin, et al. | Jan 1, 1982

The Journal of Religion, vol. 50, no. 2 (April 1970)
by Divinity School at the University of Chicago, Marjorie B. Chambers, et al. | Jan 1, 1970

New Frontiers in Theology: Volume III: Theology as History
by John B. Jr. Robinson, James M. & Cobb | Jan 1, 1967

by eds. James M. Robinson and John B. Cobb, Jr | Jan 1, 1964

The Later Heidegger and Theology (New Frontiers in Theology, Vol. 1)
by James M. Robinson and John B. Cobb Jr. | Jan 1, 1963

The Late Heidegger and Theology; Volume I
by editors Robinson, James M. and John B. Cobb, Jr | Jan 1, 1963

The Journal of Bible and Religion, Volume XXX, Number 1, January, 1962
by John B. Cobb Jr., John A. Hutchison, et al. | Jan 1, 1962

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Books Written

  • Varieties of Protestantism, 1960
  • Living Options in Protestant Theology, 1962 (online edition)
  • A Christian Natural Theology, 1965 (online edition)
  • The Structure of Christian Existence, 1967 (online edition)
  • God and the World, 1969
  • Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecology, 1971 (revised edition, 1995)
  • Liberal Christianity at the Crossroads, 1973 (online edition)
  • Christ in a Pluralistic Age, 1975
  • with David Ray GriffinProcess Theology: An Introductory Exposition, 1976, ISBN 0-664-24743-1
  • Theology and Pastoral Care, 1977
  • with Charles BirchThe Liberation of Life: from the Cell to the Community, 1981
  • Process Theology as Political Theology, 1982 (online edition)
  • Beyond Dialogue: Toward a Mutual Transformation of Christianity and Buddhism, 1982
  • with David TracyTalking About God, 1983 (online edition)
  • Praying for Jennifer, 1985
  • with Joseph HoughChristian Identity and Theological Education, 1985
  • with Beardslee, Lull, Pregeant, Weeden, and Woodbridge, Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus, 1989
  • with Herman DalyFor the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future, 1989 (revised edition, 1994) which won the 1992 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.[87]
  • Doubting Thomas, 1990, ISBN 0-8245-1033-X (online edition)
  • with Leonard SwidlerPaul 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, ISBN 0-8272-2122-3
  • Sustaining the Common Good, 1994, ISBN 0-8298-1010-2
  • Grace and Responsibility, 1995
  • Reclaiming the Church, 1997, ISBN 0-664-25720-8
  • The Earthist Challenge to Economism: A Theological Critique of the World Bank, 1999, ISBN 0-312-21838-9
  • Transforming Christianity and the World: A Way Beyond Absolutism and Relativism, 1999, ISBN 1-57075-271-0
  • Postmodernism and Public Policy: Reframing Religion, Culture, Education, Sexuality, Class, Race, Politics, and the Economy, 2002, ISBN 0-7914-5166-6
  • The Process Perspective: Frequently Asked Questions About Process Theology (edited by Jeanyne B. Slettom), 2003, ISBN 0-8272-2999-2
  • Romans (with David J. Lull), 2005
  • with Bruce Epperly and Paul Nancarrow, The Call of the Spirit: Process Spirituality in a Relational World, 2005
  • A Christian Natural Theology, Second Edition, 2007
  • Whitehead Word Book: A Glossary with Alphabetical Index to Technical Terms in Process and Reality, 2008 ISBN 978-0-9742459-6-6
  • Spiritual Bankruptcy: A Prophetic Call to Action, 2010
  • The Process Perspective II (edited by Jeanyne B. Slettom), 2011
  • Theological Reminiscences, 2014
  • Jesus' Abba – The God Who Has Not Failed, 2015
  • China and Ecological Civilization: John B. Cobb, Jr. in conversation with Andre Vltchek, 2019, ISBN 978-6025095450

Books Edited

  • with James RobinsonThe Later Heidegger and Theology, 1963
  • with James RobinsonThe New Hermeneutic, 1964
  • with James RobinsonTheology as History, 1967
  • The Theology of Altizer: Critique and Response, 1971
  • with David Ray GriffinMind in Nature, 1977 (online edition)
  • with Widick Schroeder, Process Philosophy and Social Thought, 1981
  • with Franklin GamwellExistence and Actuality: Conversations with Charles Hartshorne, 1984 (online edition)
  • Christian Faith and Religious Diversity: Mobilization for the Human Family, 2002, ISBN 0-8006-3483-7
  • with Christopher Ives, The Emptying God: A Buddhist-Jewish-Christian Conversation, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005, ISBN 1-59752-421-2
  • with Kevin Barrett and Sandra Lubarsky, 9/11 & American Empire: Christians, Jews, and Muslims Speak Out, 2006, ISBN 1-56656-660-6
  • Resistance: The New Role of Progressive Christians. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-664-23287-0
  • Back to Darwin, 2008
  • Dialogue Comes of Age, 2010
  • Religions in the Making: Whitehead and the Wisdom Traditions of the World, 2012
  • with Ignacio Castuera, For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si', 2015
  • with Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Putting Philosophy to Work: Toward an Ecological Civilization, 2018

Articles Written

For a list of Cobb's published articles through 2010, see the list at The Center for Process Studies