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Doubting Thomas: Christology in Story Form by John B. Cobb, Jr.


John B. Cobb, Jr., Ph.D. is Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies there. His many books currently in print include: Reclaiming the Church (1997); with Herman Daly, For the Common Good; Becoming a Thinking Christian (1993); Sustainability (1992); Can Christ Become Good News Again? (1991); ed. with Christopher Ives, The Emptying God: a Buddhist-Jewish-Christian Conversation (1990); with Charles Birch, The Liberation of Life; and with David Griffin, Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition (1977). He is a retired minister in the United Methodist Church. His email address is cobbj@cgu.edu.. Published by Crossroad Publishing Company, 481 8th Ave. # 1550, New York, NY, 10017. Copyright ã 1990 by John B. Cobb Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission. This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted and Winnie Brock.


Suggested Reading


Suggested Reading:

Baillie, Donald M. God Was in Christ. New York: Macmillan, 1948. A devout meditation on the history of reflection about the natures of Jesus and his work. It offers a constructive proposal for thinking of the incarnation as the perfect act of grace.

Berkouwer, C. G. The Person of Christ, trans. by John Vriend. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1954. An authoritative statement of conservative Christology in the Reformed tradition.

Boff, Leonardo. Jesus Christ Liberator. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1978. A major reformulation of traditional Christology from the point of view of Latin American liberation theology.

Bornkamm, Gunter. Jesus of Nazareth, trans. by Irene and Fraser McLuskey with James Robinson. New York: Harper & Row, 1960. A major New Testament scholar explains what modern scholarship allows us to say with some confidence about the life and message of the historical Jesus.

Brock, Rita Nakashima. Journey by Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power. New York: Crossroad, 1988. A radical feminist undertakes an affirmative and moving statement about Christ.

Davis, Stephen. Encountering Jesus. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1988. Five theologians, ranging from conservative evangelical to radical, present their views, criticize one another, and then defend themselves against the criticism. There is also a Jewish response to the discussion.

Driver, Tom E. Christ in a Changing World. New York: Crossroad, 1981. A sustained argument against attributing any uniqueness to Jesus Christ that leads to claims of superiority over others.

Herzog, Frederick. God-Walk: Liberation Shaping Dogmatics. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1988. A passionate argument that Christology should be transformed in terms of Christo-praxis, which means radical discipleship.

Lapide, Pinchas. The Resurrection of Jesus, trans. by Wilhelm C. Linss. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1983. An orthodox Jew strongly defends the resurrection of Jesus and interprets it as Godís way of inaugurating the mission to the Gentiles.

Niebuhr, H. Richard. The Meaning of Revelation. New York: Macmillan, 1941. A now classic statement of confessional theology that turns historical relativism into a positive basis for affirming the centrality of Jesus Christ.

Pittenger, Norman. Christology Reconsidered. London: SCM Press, 1970. Readable reflections on Jesus Christ by a historian who makes use of the categories of process thought.

Robinson, John A. T. The Human Face of God. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1973. The English bishop, author of the best-selling Honest to God, develops the implications of his radical theology for how Jesus is to be understood by Christians.

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