2015 Theology Weekend, Feb 14 and 15

Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont California.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (9:30 – 4:30 Lectures with lunch break)

Lecture 1 – Learning from the Bible: A survey of Hebrew thinking of God, Jesus’ unique understanding, and Paul’s development.
Lecture 2 – Learning from Experience: An examination of our ordinary experience to see where we find Jesus’ Abba
Lecture 3 – Learning from Science: Why science excludes not only a “God of the gaps” but also the Abba of Jesus, and why it should not do so.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Learning from World Religions: A survey of world religions shows that some have no need of God to achieve their goals. An explanation of how theistic and non-theistic experience and belief can be complimentary. Worship Service: 11:00 – 12:00 noon Sanctuary

About our Speaker

Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr. is Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont California. He was educated at the Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan; Newnan High School, Georgia; Emory-at-Oxford; University of Michigan; University of Chicago.

An American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist, 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. In 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

A unifying theme of Cobb’s work is his emphasis on ecological interdependence – the idea that every part of the ecosystem is reliant on all the other parts. Cobb has argued that humanity’s most urgent task is to preserve the world on which it lives and depends, an idea which his primary influence – philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead – describes as “world-loyalty.” 

Cobb is well known for his trans disciplinary approach, integrating insights from many different areas of study and bringing different specialized disciplines into fruitful communication. Because of his broad-minded interest and approach, Cobb has been influential in a wide range of disciplines, including theology, ecology, economics, biology and social ethics.

In 1971, he wrote the first single-author book in environmental ethics – Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecology—which argued for the relevance of religious thought in approaching the ecological crisis. In 1989, he co-authored the book For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future, which critiqued current global economic practice and advocated for a sustainable, ecology-based economics. He has written extensively on religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue, particularly between Buddhism and Christianity, as well as the need to reconcile religion and science.

Audio files are available as follows:

2/14/15      Session 1; Learning from the Bible: A survey of Hebrew thinking of God, Jesus’ unique understanding, and Paul’s development.
2/14/15      Session 2; Learning from Experience: An examination of our ordinary experience to see where we find Jesus’ Abba.
2/14/15      Session 3; Learning from Science: Why science excludes not only a “God of the gaps” but also the Abba of Jesus, and why it should not do so.
2/15/15      Sunday School Lesson; Learning from World Religions: A survey of world religions shows that some have no need of God to achieve their goals. An explanation of how theistic and non-theistic experience and belief can be complimentary.

If you want copies of any of these recordings, send your request by email to nuclass@nuclass.org indicating which ones you desire and they will be sent to you as an attachment to an e-mail.