Dr. John Cobb Honored as Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:49PM

Dr. John Cobb Honored as Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., Emeritus Professor in Theology, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr., Emeritus Professor in Theology, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. Dr. Cobb was one of four new members to be elected in the field of Religious Studies in a class that includes winners of the Nobel Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He will be inducted at a ceremony to be held at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA on October 11, 2014.

Members of the Academy are elected from a pool of candidates who have been nominated by the Academy’s existing membership. The criteria for election are demonstrated excellence in the candidate’s given field and a record of continued accomplishment. Once elected, members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”

Claremont School of Theology President Jeffrey Kuan celebrated Cobb’s election as a well-deserved recognition for a distinguished career. “Professor John Cobb has been a significant thinker in process thought and process theology for more than half a century,” Kuan said. “During this time, he has taught and trained multiple generations of process thinkers and theologians for the academy, the church, and the world. Claremont School of Theology is delighted for this incredible honor that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is bestowing upon him.”

Born in Kobe, Japan to Methodist missionary parents, Dr. Cobb studied at University of Chicago Divinity School with Charles Hartshorne, who taught him Whiteheadian metaphysics and philosophy in a theological context, which would later become known as Process Theology. He went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago. He taught at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, until 1958 when he moved to Claremont School of Theology, where he stayed until his retirement in 1990.

A prolific and sought-after author and speaker, Dr. Cobb has written, co-written, or edited more than 50 books, including Christ in a Pluralistic Age, God and the World, and For the Common Good (with Herman Daly), which was co-winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He has held many prestigious positions including Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology, Avery Professor at the Claremont Graduate School, Fulbright Professor at the University of Mainz, and Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Chicago Divinity Schools. He has pioneered a theology that is both Christocentric as well as accepting in its approach to other faiths, and includes ecological concerns as an essential and interrelated part of that theology, for the sake of future generations.

Dr. Cobb continues to be actively involved with Claremont School of Theology. Most recently, he delivered the 2014 Jean L. Wickett Lecture as part of CST’s annual Alumni/ae & Friends Days.


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