theology

Teilhard and Whitehead

Question: 
Are there aspects of Teilhard’s theology that you regard as superior to Whitehead’s?
Publication Month: 
September 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Like all good questions, this is multifaceted. If it means are there are features of Teilhard’s thought that lead me to modify what I take from Whitehead, the answer is No. The most obvious difference in doctrinal content is Teilhard’s vivid sense that despite all the horrors and obstacles along the way humanity is moving toward a final consummation. This is a view that has strong biblical grounding. It also has vast appeal. Whitehead does not share it. And I agree with Whitehead.

Wesleyan Theology and Process Theology

Question: 
Process theology has been influential and controversial in Wesleyan-Holiness theology. What about John Wesley’s thought to you find most amenable to process theology?
Publication Month: 
August 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

I appreciate this question. For a fuller answer, I refer to my book on Wesley, Grace and Responsibility. I think the reader will see that I find most of Wesley’s teaching highly amenable to process theology. Indeed, I think that historically they belong to the same tradition. Like Wesley, process theology comes from an Anglican background.

Where in the World is God?: God's Presence in Every Moment of Our Lives

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Robert Brizee

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 25, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 17:22-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 66:8-20
Reading 3: 
I Peter 3:13-22
Reading 4: 
John 15:14-21
By Bruce Epperly

Today’s readings invite us to think theologically, and try to mediate Christian spirituality and theology with the unique challenges of our 21st century spiritual landscape.

Theology, New Atheism, and Modern Scholarship

Question: 
How would you respond to the new atheists as exemplified in the following quote by Laurence Krauss: “To be fair, I regret sometimes lumping all philosophers in with theologians because theology, aside from those parts that involve true historical or linguistic scholarship, is not [a] credible field of modern scholarship.”
Publication Month: 
April 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Krauss may be quite correct. It all depends on just how “modern scholarship” is defined. Krauss assumes that modern scholarship is the investigation that is approved in the academic disciplines into which modern value-free universities are divided. Theology is not an academic discipline and, accordingly, not a “credible field of modern scholarship.”

After Process

Question: 
What comes after process theology?
Publication Month: 
May 2013
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

I have not thought in these terms. That is a confession of limitation. It is a good question, and I appreciate the stimulus to think about it. But I assume there is no one answer. I also assume that there are many forms of Christianity for which the question is irrelevant.

Is Process Theology too Western?

Question: 
Is process theology a hopelessly Western endeavor?
Publication Month: 
April 2012
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

I think there is a sense in which theology as such is “hopelessly” Western if that means inescapably tied to Christianity. What we understand by theology brings together history and philosophy in a way that Christians cannot avoid. We have to discern universal meanings in particular historical events since we assert that particular historical events have importance for all people.

Who Cares?

Question: 
How is process theology an improvement on any other theology and do people in the pew really care about theology anyway? Isn't it all about "programs" today?
Publication Month: 
March 2000
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

It may well be that most people in the pew think they do not care about theology. The word "theology" is a turn off. Most people think of it as something a few professionals busy themselves with -- quite irrelevant to the life of the church. So the answer is that most people in the pew are not especially interested in a different theology.

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