175 Makers of History: John B. Cobb

John B. Cobb Jr. 43OX 56H
Theologian

One of the leading American theologians of the twentieth century, John B. Cobb Jr. attended Emory prior to World War II and returned in 1953 following his graduate study to teach at the Candler School of Theology.

In 1955, he was ordained an elder in the Methodist Church. In 1958, he became a professor at the Claremont School of Theology, the Methodist seminary for the Methodist Church's western jurisdiction. He is credited with developing and popularizing process theology, which grows out of the work of Alfred North Whitehead. Cobb co-founded the Center for Process Studies at Claremont, which has nearly twenty-five related centers worldwide.