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Authoritarianism and the Need for a Nurturant Christianity

How, in this political season, can Christians and others be so divided? How can some believe that genuine Christianity is about “authority, law and order” and others that it is about “nurturing love”? John Cobb and John Sanders are on the side of nurturing love. They believe the God in whom Jesus placed his trust was a God of inclusion, generosity, forgiveness, and empathy. Their hope is that a Christianity can emerge that has nurturance as its living breath, and that expresses this nurturance in care for human beings, especially the poor and powerless, and respect for the more than human world. And yet they realize that there are many forces working against such nurturance, including among authority-preoccupied Christians. In this conversation, sponsored by the Cobb Institute, they share their perspectives and discuss their hopes for a nurturant Christianity.


Webinar with John Cobb & John Sanders


September 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm PDT

About the Presenters

John B. Cobb, Jr. taught theology at the Claremont School of Theology from 1958 to 1990. He is the co-founder and current co-director of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California. The Center for Process Studies remains the leading Whitehead-related institute and has witnessed the launch of more than thirty related centers at academic institutions throughout the world, including twenty-three centers in China. He is the author of over 30 books on process theology and ecological civilization. In 2019, he founded the Claremont Institute for Process Studies, with the mission to promote process philosophy by engaging in local initiatives and cultivating compassionate communities to help build an ecological civilization. The Institute was renamed in his honor in February 2020.

John Sanders is an American theologian who has authored and edited ten books as well as over three dozen articles and book chapters. He has a doctorate in theology, spent a year as the Dominic Crosson Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, and is presently professor of religious studies at Hendrix College in Arkansas. Most of Sanders’ publications are on four topics: (1) open theism, (2) Christian views on the salvation of non-Christians for which he is a proponent of what is called inclusivism, (3) Christian views on the nature of hell, and (4) applying cognitive linguistics to theology. He has given over eighty presentations at academic conferences and dozens more in church settings. His work has generated a great deal of scholarly activity in that they are substantively engaged by or at least cited in 369 books, book chapters, and journal articles. In addition, 48 doctoral dissertations, and 26 masters theses engage his publications.

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