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Grace and Responsibility: A Wesleyan Theology for Today [Paperback]

By John B. Cobb (Author)
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This first effort at constructive Wesleyan theology to appear in United Methodist circles since the formation of the denomination in 1868 draws on the historical and literary work that has characterized Wesley studies in recent years. However, it moves beyond them to propose a way of reconstructing essential elements of Wesley's thought in service of the life and mission of United Methodists today.

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A distinguished thinker ponders the meaning of Wesley's theology.

John B. Cobb, Jr., draws on the historical, critical, and literary work that has characterized Wesley studies in recent years, but moves beyond them to propose one way of reconstructing and reappropriating essential elements of Wesley's thought in service of the church's life and mission.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   198
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.74" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1995
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687007690  
ISBN13  9780687007691  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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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Underrated  May 7, 2004
It appears to me that the reviews below are not representative of all who have read this fine work. While this is not Cobb's best book by any stretch, he does a fine job showing how his process hermeneutic applies to Wesleyan theology. Ask any ten Methodists what it means to be Wesleyan, and you'll likely get several different answers. Cobb finds a way to discern a unifying strand in the possible answers and points it toward mission and practice.

With Cobb, what you see is what you get. When his theology has weak spots, he is the first to admit it. What I find in this book is an intellectually honest, faithful, and meaningful approach to what Wesleyanism and how it can be lived out in our current cultural context. Strongly recommended.

Misses on 'for Today'  Sep 22, 2002
Cobb is a process theologian trying to communicate to the reader how Wesley's theology can be relevent today. He's not in his area of specialization in this book and doesn't seem to really want to carry on. I expect that Cobb knows of what he speaks, but the book is burdened with academic language and, in my opinion, missed opportunities at connecting Wesleyen tradition to today. As a well-educated reader with a keen interest in Christianity's search for relevence in today's world, even I had trouble slogging through this one. Your experience may be better than mine, but I would recommend this one only reluctantly. Not an old book, but seems dated.
Interesting Commentary...But Misses Fidelity  Feb 19, 2001
John Cobb notes that much of what John Wesley addressed in his writing was situational in nature, and that Wesley's theology needs to be 'made relevant' if it is to be useful today. From this starting point, Cobb writes an interesting theological commentary with a 'Wesleyanist' slant. His ideas are useful, and sometimes profound. But they are not essentially faithful to Wesley. Indeed, they are so far removed from Wesley as to make it appear that John Wesley simply provides a scarcely related background to Cobb's own theological discourse. In some ways, it is not unlike hearing a sermon that ignores the text that is being preached.

Ultimately, I think one's comfort or discomfort with Cobb's attempt will be shaped by whether or not the reader agrees with the claim that Wesley's theology is too particular to his own time to be relevant today. For my part, I think there is much in Wesley that is still relevant. I therefore disagree with Cobb's premise.

Nevertheless, this book IS worth reading, and no student of contemporary Methodism should be unfamiliar with it.

A Liberal Approach to Wesleyan Theology  Aug 23, 2000
Cobb, John B., Jr. Grace & Responsibility: A Wesleyan Theology for Today. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995.

Cobb writes from the perspective that because our current situation is very different from the culture that John Wesley lived in, much of what Wesley taught is no longer useable for today's United Methodist. Cobb recognizes the lack of a unified sense of identity among United Methodists and suggests that a clarified role in the mission of the church must be preceded by a unified theology. He attempts to come to terms with the theological heritage from Wesley by reappraising his work and finding relevance of Wesleyan thought for the contemporary world.


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