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 off 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

Monday, November 20, 2023

Dr. John Cobb - Resources, Part 1

Dr. John Cobb visits China in joint extension of Ecological Civilizations

Dr. John Cobb visits China in joint extension of Ecological Civilizations

Dr. John Cobb visits China in joint extension of Ecological Civilizations
Dr. John Cobb - Resources, Part 1

Compiled by R.E. Slater

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John B. and David R. Griffin Cobb, Jr.
Religion Online article link

John B. Cobb, Jr. is Professor of Theology at the School of Theology at Claremont, Avery professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate School, and Director of the Center for Process Studies. David Ray Griffin teaches Philosophy of religion at the School of theology at Claremont and Claremont Graduate School and is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies.


John B. Cobb Jr. and Donald W. Sherburne
Religion Online article link

John B. Cobb, Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology. Donald W. Sherburne is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.


John B. Cobb, Jr.

John B. Cobb, Jr., Ph.D. is Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies there. His many books currently in print include: Reclaiming the Church (1997); with Herman Daly, For the Common Good; Becoming a Thinking Christian (1993); Sustainability (1992); Can Christ Become Good News Again? (1991); ed. with Christopher Ives, The Emptying God: a Buddhist-Jewish-Christian Conversation (1990); with Charles Birch, The Liberation of Life; and with David Griffin, Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition (1977). He is a retired minister in the United Methodist Church. His email address is cobbj@cgu.edu..


Economism as Idolatry
What Kind of Growth?
Growth Without Progress?
Is Theological Pluralism Dead in the UMC?
Globalization With A Human Face
Can the Church Help God Save the World?
Cloning — Has Dominion Gone Too Far?
Shaping a Vision for Cultural Pluralism
The Disappearance of Theology from the Oldline Churches
Economic Aspects of Social and Environmental Violence
The Greening of Theology
International and Transnational Trade
The Theological Stake in Globalization
Wesley the Evangelical
Wesley the Process Theologian
Wesley the Liberal
Wesley – Conclusions
Wesley the Liberationist
The World Trade Organization: A Theological Critique
Being and Person
The Challenge to Theological Education
A Christian Critique of Pure Land Buddhism
The Christian Mission in a Pluralistic World
Christology in the United States
Process Theology
Practical Theology for Creative Ministry
The Church and Sustainable Living
Theology and Ecology
The Christian, the Future, and Paolo Soleri
A Critical View of Inherited Theology
To Whom Can We Go? II. Secular and Religious Alternatives
Do Oldline Churches Have a Future?
Why Are We Lukewarm? I
Why Are We Lukewarm? II
Why Are We Lukewarm? III
Buddhism and Christianity
Christianity and Empire
The Common Good in a Postmodern World
Did Paul Teach the Doctrine of the Atonement?
Has Europe Become Theologically Barren?
Marx and Whitehead
Process Theology and the Bible: How Science Has Changed Our View of God
Against Free Trade: A Meeting of Opposites
Can Corporations Assume Responsibility for the Environment?
Will Economism End in Time?
Economics for the Common Good
Global Market or Community
Political Economy and the Economization of Politics
The Road to Sustainability: Progress and Regress
Education and Economism
Can Christianity Shape Higher Education in a Pluralistic Age?
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Beyond `Pluralism’
Choosing Life
The Common Good: Individual Rights and Community Responsibility
Consumerism, Economism, and Christian Faith
Homosexuality and the Bible
Faith, Hope and Love: Psalm 82
To Whom Can We Go? III. Jesus and the University
Higher Education and the Periodization of History
Ecology and the Structure of Society
Making Choices for the Common Good
To Whom Can We Go? I. Jesus’ Call for Progressive Protestants
Why Faith Needs Process Philosophy
The Potential Contribution of Process Thought
Theological Realism
Revising Both Science and Theology
What Shall We Do About “God”?
Deep Ecology and Process Thought
Process Psychotherapy
Whitehead and Anthropology
Theology in the Twenty-First Century
North American Theology in the Twentieth Century
Whiteheadian Thought
Amida and Christ:: Buddhism and Christianity
Human Dignity and the Christian Tradition
Ethics, Economics and Free Trade
What is Free About Free Trade?
Trade in Process Perspective
An American Protestant Perspective on World Order
Moral Dilemmas in Economics and Ecology
Eastern View of Economics
Religion and Economics
Who Was Jesus? (Colossians 1:19)
A Theology of Enjoyment for a Post Capitalist Life
The Practical Need for Metaphysics
Ecological Agriculture
Necessities for an Ecological Civilization
Re-Reading Science and the Modern World
The Philosophy of Charles Hartshorne
Points of Contact Between Process Theology and Liberation Theology in Matters of Faith and Justice
The Presence of the Past and the Eucharist
Whitehead and Buddhism
Saving the Earth
Denis Hurtubise on Ford and the "Traditional" Interpretation
Buddhism and the Natural Sciences
A Buddhist-Christian Critique of Neo-Liberal Economics
Constructive Postmodernism
Ecology and Economy
Envisioning a Fifth Model
Four Types of Universities
Free Trade And The World Trade Organization
The Global Economy and its Theoretical Justification
Is Whitehead Relevant in China Today?
Religion and Education
A Sustainable Society
Whitehead’s Theory of Value
The Role of Theology of Nature in the Church
Response to Ogden and Carpenter



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