John B. Cobb, Jr. (born February 9, 1925) is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist. Gary Dorrien of Union Seminary has described Cobb as one of the two most important North American theologians of the twentieth century (the other being Rosemary Radford Ruether). Cobb is often regarded as the preeminent scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology—the school of thought associated with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Cobb is the author of more than fifty books. (Wikipedia)
John B. Cobb, Jr., has exerted extraordinary influence on how scholars think about a wide range of topics. In addition to being a foremost spokesman for process theology, Cobb’s work on economics, liberal theology, postmodernism, ecology, Wesleyan theology, politics, metaphysics, feminism, religious pluralism, science and religion, and more is remarkable. Cobb has authored more than 50 books, co-established a major theological center for research, and is recognized around the world as an extraordinary scholar of transdisciplinary studies. His stamp on theology—especially in America and China—is indelible. (from American Academy of Religion)
Cobb’s page at Amazon books
Videos and audios
Center for Process Studies 1983 2:20:42
Wilson Lectures Oklahoma City University
Center for Process Theology 1990 18:43
Facing the Future Introduction
Center for Process Theology 1990 21:23
Facing the Future Building Blocks
Center for Process Theology 1990 21:27
Facing the Future The Land
Claremont School of Theology Jan 2001 55:21 (audio only)
Process Thought/Process Philosophy & Its Applications
This is Cobb’s introduction to Process Thought, so I have added some notes of the talk.
Locate Process Thought in its setting in the West in modern ways of thinking
Explain Whitehead’s model.
Then apply to several contemporary topics.
1 Three Errors
Alternative schools of thought no one can live by them.
a Materialism: Scientific thought-Matter is all there is. Mechanistic world
b Dualism: DesCarte’s position. I am a subject; nature is matter; the two are separate. A widely held position.
c Idealism Kant: Human mind is what creates the world.
Damage thru them. Bad to construct a theory you cannot live by.
Process Thought stands over against substance (which remains constant) change, development.
Whitehead most thorough development of process scheme.
University Club, Claremont University Oct. 15, 2013. 1:00:03
Metaphysics, Economics, and Ecology
At American Academy of Religion Dec 2014 2:22:14
John B. Cobb,, Jr.: His Work and Legacy: a panel presentation
GlinTV Program Celebrating Dr. Cobb’s 90th Birthday Feb 2015 36:00
Lecture: “God’s Kingdom”
Center for Process Theology Feb 2015 31:51
The Earthiest Challenge to Economism
Center for Process Theology Feb 2015 29:15
Religious Pluralism: A Discussion of John Cobb’s Transforming Christianity