Dear Aubrey,

I am glad to endorse the convergence and contraction structure response to the critical problems we face.  Although I lack expertise in this area, this seems the clearest and best formulation of a way of meeting the imperative goals. 

I trust those who support it.  Please feel free to use my name in any way that would be helpful to support this approach. 

John B. Cobb, Jr. 


  • Emeritus Professor, Claremont School of Theology  and Claremont Graduate School
  • Co-director, Center for Process Studies
  • Co-founder, Mobilization for the Human Family


  • Born in Japan, 1925.
  • Parents were Methodist missionaries.
  • Married to Jean L. Cobb.  
  • Four sons: Theodore, Clifford, Andrew, Richard.


  • Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan, 1938-39
  • Newnan High School, Georgia, 1939-41
  • Emory-at-Oxford, Georgia, 1941-43
  • University of Michigan, 1944
  • University of Chicago, 1947-50
  • MA 1949 and PhD 1952 from the Divinity School

Past Positions

  • Young Harris College, Georgia 1950-53
  • Candler School of Theology, Emory U., 1953-58
  • Ingraham Prof., STC, l958-90
  • Avery Prof., CGS, 1960-1990
  • Fulbright Professor, U. of Mainz, 1965-66
  • Visiting Professor, Rikkyo U., Tokyo, 1978 
  • Visiting Prof., Chicago Divinity School, 1980
  • Visiting Prof., Harvard Divinity School, 1987
  • Visiting Prof. Iliff School of Theology, 1991
  • Visiting Prof. Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1993
  • Visiting Prof. Drew Theological Seminary, 1999


  • D.Theol., University of Mainz, 1968
  • Litt.D., Emory University, 1971
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1976
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, U. of Chicago, 1976
  • D.D., Linfield College, 1983
  • Alumnus of the Year, Chicago Divinity School, 1985
  • Litt.D., DePauw University, 1989
  • Litt.D., University of Victoria, 1998

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