John B. Cobb Jr.’s Christology

Selected Primary and Secondary Bibliography

Works by John Cobb on Christology:


Becoming a Thinking Christian.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993.

Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus (with Beardslee, Lull, Pregeant, Weeden, and Woodbridge.)Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989.

Can Christ Become Good News Again? St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1991.

Christ in a Pluralistic Age.  Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1975.

Doubting Thomas: Christology in Story Form.  Youngstown Heights, N.Y.: Meyer Stone Books, 1990.  Also translated into French by Pierre-Yves Ruff and Korean by Sung Do Kang.

Published Articles

"Christ Beyond Creative Transformation."  In Encountering Jesus, ed. Stephen T. Davis (Atlanta: John Knox, 1988), 141-78.

"Christ the Companion" and "Christ Our Life."  In Meditations for the seventies (School of Theology at Claremont, 1976), 1, 20.

"Christology in Process-Relational Perspective."  Word and Spirit: A Monastic Review 8 (1986): 79-94.

"The Finality of Christ in a Whiteheadian Perspective."  In The Finality of Christ, ed. Dow Kirkpatrick (Nashville; Abingdon Press, 1966), 122-54.

“Foreword.”  In Fidelity with Plausibility: Modest Christologies in Twentieth Century, by Wesley J. Wildman (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998), xi-xiv.

“Foreword.”  In God-Christ-Church, by Marjorie Suchocki (New York: Crossroad Publishing Co., 1982), vii-ix.

____, and David R. Griffin.  “Jesus Christ.”  In Process Theology:  An Introductory Exposition (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1976), 95-110.

“Jesus’ Message of the Basileia TheouSpafer Oasis. (September-October 2003): 7-9.

"The Relativization of the Trinity."  In Trinity in Process: A Relational Theology of God, eds.  Joseph A. Bracken and Marjorie H. Suchocki (New York: Continuum, 1997): 1-22.

“Response to Ogden and Carpenter.” Process Studies 6, no. 2 (Summer 1976): 123-129.

“Response to Tracy.” In John Cobb: Theology in Process, eds. David Griffin and Thomas J.J. Altizer (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1977): 150-192.  

“Self-Denial: A Sermon on Mark 8:34.”  In Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus, eds. David J. Lull and William A. Beardslee (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990): 130-35.

"Some Thoughts on the Meaning of Christ’s Death."  Religion in Life 28 (1959):  212-22.

"Toward a Christocentric Catholic Theology."  In Toward a Univer­sal Theology of Reflection, ed. Leonard Swidler (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1987): 86-100.

“Toward Transformation.” In The Uniqueness of Jesus: A Dialogue With Paul F. Knitter, eds. Leonard Swidler and Paul Mojzes (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1997): 50-54.

"A Whiteheadian Christology." In Process Philosophy and Christian Thought, ed. Delwin Brown, Ralph E. James, Jr., and Gene Reeves (Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1971), 382­-98.

Unpublished Articles

"Can Christ Become Good News Again?"  [Re­tirement Lecture 1989.]  [Christology, Gospel]

"Christology and the Common Creation Story." [Universe Story Conference, Jan. 1994]

"Christology in Process Relational Perspective."

"Christology and the Universe Story." [Universe Story Conference, Jan. 1994]

_____, and Cobb, John B. Jr. and Kilsby, Mary Ellen. “Faith: A Relational Vision.” [audiotape, tape 5&6, 1984]

"Response to Koch."

Works on John Cobb’s Christology

Boelhower, Gary John.  “The Process Christology of John B. Cobb, Jr.:  Christ as Creative Transformation and Jesus as a Unique Structure of Human Exist­ence in a Pluralistic Age.”  Ph.D. Dissertation. Marquette University, 1986.  [Christology, Jesus, Creative Transformation, Pluralism, Cobb]

Bracken, Joseph A. Review: John B. Cobb Jr., Can Christ Become Good News Again? Journal of Religion 73, no. 2 (April 1993): 272-273.

Bryan, L. D.  “The Understanding of Jesus Christ in the Theology of John B. Cobb, Jr.” Ph.D. Dissertation, 1973.

Burrows, William R.  “Finality in a Process Key: An Investigation of the Finality of Christ in the Theology of John B. Cobb, Jr.”  Thesis.  1971.

Carpenter, James C.  "The Christology of John Cobb."  Process Studies 6, no. 2 (Summer 1976): 103-15. [abstract]

Epperly, Bruce G. Review:  John B. Cobb Jr., Can Christ Become Good News Again?  Encounter 53:3 (Summer 1992):  301-302.

Fackre, Gabriel. Review:  John B. Cobb Jr., Christ in a Pluralistic Age.  Andover Newton Quarterly 17:4 (March 1977):  308-315.

Graham, Paul. “Cobb on Whitehead, Christology, Relativism, and Buddhism.”  (unpubl.)

Griffin, David R. and Thomas J.J. Altizer, eds.  John Cobb's Theology in Process. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1977.

Ingram, Paul O. “To John Cobb: Questions to Gladden the Atman in an Age of Pluralism.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 45, no. 2 (June 1977): 703-738.

Kalloor, Scaria. "Seminar on Cobb's Christology" Seminar gives in Haddon Conference Center at Claremont School of Theology, June 20, 2006.

Lai, Pan-Chiu.  “Process Christology and Christian-Confucian Dialogue in China: With Special Reference to Cobb’s Christology.”  Process Studies 33, no.1 (Spring-Summer 2004): 149-165.  

McTavish, John. Review: John B. Cobb, Jr., Doubting Thomas: Christology in Story Form. The Observer (n.c.): p. 55.

Meacham, Katherine Rothrock.  “Creative Transformation Happens and Christ is its Image:  A Critical Analysis of the Process Christology of John B. Cobb, Jr.”  Ph.D. Dis., Temple University, 1994.

Middleton, Darren J.  “Creative Transformation:  John Cobb’s Christology and the Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis.”  (revised unpubl. 1993)

Morris, Marla Beth.  “Process Christology:  David Ray Griffin and John B. Cobb, Jr.:  An Alternative to Classical Christology.”  M.A. Thesis, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA., 1993. (unpubl.)

Ogden, Schubert Miles.  “Christology Reconsidered:  John Cobb’s Christ in a Pluralistic Age.” Process Studies 6:2 (Summer 1976):  116-122.  [Review]

Pannenberg, Wolfhart. “A Liberal Logos Christology: The Christology of John Cobb.” (Unpubl.) [abstract]

Peters, Ted. “John Cobb, Theologian in Process, Part II.” Dialog 29, no. 4 (Autumn 1990): 290-302.

Picon, Raphaël.  Le Christ Á La Croisée des Religions; Christologie et Pluralisme dans l’œuvre de John B. Cobb.  Paris: Van Dieren Éditeur, 2003.  

Rattigan, Mary T.  “The Christology of John Cobb.”  Encounter 47:3 (Summer 1986):  205-218.

Schwarz, Hans.  “Historische Kontingenz und universals Relevanz in neueren Prozess-Christologien.”  Neue Zeitschrift fhr Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 28:1 (1986) 1-13. [On Pittenger, Cobb, and Griffin.]

Te Selle, Eugene.  Review: John B. Cobb Jr., Christ in a Pluralistic Age.” (Article is missing) [abstract]

Tucker, Robert Preston.  “The Christology of John Cobb, Jr.:  A Test Case for ‘Process Theology.’”  Ph.D. Dis., University of Chicago, 1984. [Microfilm T-2899]