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Overview This book challenges Christians to think. Committed lay Christians, says Cobb, are already theologians; he wants them to realize this and then to become good theologians. Laypersons are just as capable as professional theologians of intellectual hard work, but they no longer expect the church to ask this of them. Cobb discusses why it is important for Christians to think about their own beliefs and assumptions. He encourages readers to find and become conversation partners. He also suggests steps a Christian's thinking may take; sources the individual can draw on, including how professionals can help; and where this thinking may lead. Cobb asserts that if there is a renewal of thinking in the church, there will be church renewal. The goal is to focus and sharpen one's thinking so that it is one's own, and to apply that thinking to one's being and acting. Each chapter ends with a section "Doing Your Theology" which is a list of questions for reflection and discussion.
Publishers Description This book challenges Christians to think. Committed lay Christians, says Cobb, are already theologians; he wants them to realize this and then to become good theologians.
Laypersons are just as capable as professional theologians of intellectual hard work, but they no longer expect the church to ask this of them. Cobb discusses why it is important for Christians to think about their own beliefs and assumptions. He encourages readers to find and become conversation partners. He also suggests steps a Christian's thinking may take; sources the individual can draw on, including how professionals can help; and where this thinking may lead. Cobb asserts that if there is a renewal of thinking in the church, there will be church renewal. The goal is to focus and sharpen one's thinking so that it is one's own, and to apply that thinking to one's being and acting. Each chapter ends with a section "Doing Your Theology" which is a list of questions for reflection and discussion.
Chapter titles include: On Becoming What You Are: A Theologian; Ethics and Theology; Shaping Up; Biblical Authority; Christians and Jews; Professionals: Help and Hindrance; Christian Counterattack; A Critique of Economics; A Critique of the University; An Afterword on Church Theology
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.79" Width: 5.23" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1993
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687287529 ISBN13 9780687287529
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More About John B. Cobb
John Cobb Jr. is Ingraham Professor of Theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Process Perspective and Lay Theology, from Chalice Press.
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Excellent for lay leadership development Nov 2, 2006
John Cobb has written an accessible and powerful book that will close the divide between the laity and seminary educated clergy. We all need to be critical theologians -- applying our core Christian beliefs and values to our churches and the world around us. I would recommend this book as a small group study guide for developing and enriching lay leaders in a progressive Christian Church.
An Exhortation to Independent Thinking Dec 26, 2004
"God certainly abases the pride of men, but he does not despise the mind which he himself has made." John Stott
Exhortation to Thinking: Carl Henry, a great Christian thinker, has written that: "Training the mind is an essential responsibility of the home, the church, and the school. Unless evangelicals prod young people to disciplined thinking, they waste--even undermine one of Christianity's most precious resources. The mind that doesn't think God's thoughts after Him will be tempted to think the thoughts of others and leave God out of the process." This became apparent in 'The Honest to God Debate,' which stood as a record of intense reactive thinking in response to his cry for honesty. The Bishop of Woolwich wrote later, "There has been ample evidence in my mail that the people are capable of being trusted and thinking for themselves far more than many of the clergy are prepared to allow."
On Becoming a Thinker: "You search [examine] the scriptures because you THINK that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf." John 5:39 Based on Gospel verses, Cobb asks Christians to reclaim their gift of thinking, and redeem thinking about God from theologians, confirming that all true disciples (:Christians) are theologians (:religious thinkers). He elaborates on dual responses to tragedy in, prayer, and feminism. In 'Ethics and theology,' Cobb proposes a list of applied theology (everyday Christian living problems) to tease your mind and engage your consciousness on: abortion, money, morality, homosexuality, in real and avowed beliefs. He then instructs the readers on how to reshape up their beliefs, through a process of evaluation, identification, and questioning tradition based on a central issue: Bible authority. He visualizes this central issue within a secular, historical, quadrilateral (Wesleyan) method endorsed and balanced with personal experience, reason and a living faith tradition. He then reverts to Scripture, as the core and basis of a Universal (Catholic) Christian tradition. He warns of the dangers of self deception in the post reformist experience, concluding that Only Christ is the everlasting center for genuine Christians.
A Way of Thinking: You can use science to expand your understanding of Jesus' hidden, inner message, by killing some of the mental holy cows, bred by ritual Christianity and scientific materialism. You can develop a deeper relationship with Jesus; moving from fear into love is the key to bringing Christian living into the new millennium reshaping a contemporary religion able to fulfill human spiritual needs in this age. If you feel that your faith in Jesus is being challenged by the times, this awakening book will help you overcome the reluctance to think, reclaim your spiritual life, and put on the Thinking Mind of Christ.
Thinking in a Postmodern Era: Cobb invites a group of theological thinkers; Mcnutt, Schmidt, Wilkins, Atwater, and Reynolds, in a virtual debate to promote thinking about: Christian Jewish issues, missions, ecumenism, utilizing historical analysis to reflect on the New testament in retrospect, concluding in a systematic theological synthesis. Professionals and the academia are considered for help, with a cautionary word of advice. What about help to reengage the world in spite of counterattack? Within their retreat, theological students encounter worldviews; cosmology as well as historiology, and today politics and economics boldly outstay, while philosophy uses its tools of De- and Reconstruction of almost everything. In an anthropocentric culture, that produced Existentialism, and confronts faith with scientific discovery and challenges thinking by technology outbreaks proves rational Christian reasoning is crucial.
Can a Christian be a Thinker? Jesus Christ our teacher, kept asking his audience in more than a dozen occasions to think, ask, and seek. Not only did he exhorted us to think, but also to search (the scriptures), to find out and judge for ourselves! Now again, Dr. John Cobb, an ordained Methodist Elder, challenges all Christians to think, in response to Christ's repeated brain storming, "What do you Think?" Matthew 18:12, 21:28 John portrays 'Salvation as eternal life' by Jesus own by definition; "And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." Theology is the science of thinking of, and about God. Coaching us into thinking; Jesus asked his disciples a simple but central question, "But who do you say (after thinking), that I am?"
Thinking! Part of the Christian way of life! Aug 5, 2004
I've been involved as a Christian for over fifty years of my life. I've been a Christian pastor for 20 of those years. ANY congregation could benefit from Cobb's book.
It will embarass many Christians, of no particular theology, as this book demands that its reader not merely sit passively by and merely scan the pages of this book. Cobb demands involvement to get the most out of his book.
His claims will frustrate some, make others angry but whatever happens, the process by which Cobb proves that thinking is an essential element for fully living the Christian faith.