As you may have heard, a major celebration in Claremont was held recently in his honor, including a three-day conference on his intellectual legacy and a gala dinner to raise funds for an endowed chair in his honor. Theologians gathered from around the world, including such major figures as Ian Barbour, David Griffin, Catherine Keller, Philip Clayton, Marjorie Suchocki, Thandeka, Rita Nakashima Brock, Jay McDaniel ... the list goes on. You can read more about and see pictures from the events on Claremont’s Web site.
To demonstrate the breadth of John’s impact, one needs only to look at recent references to him in the press: His major book on economics (with Herman Daly) was referenced in an L.A. Times op-ed piece on the current state of the national economy. And John recently commented to Science & Spirit about the ecological crisis. (Another Claremonter—Rosemary Radford Ruether—is also quoted in this story.)
The longer I am in Claremont, the more I learn about this remarkable man. Indeed, Claremont is fortunate to count John Cobb as one of its own.