Jacob Alan Cook earned his PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied with the great Baptist peacemaker, Glen Harold Stassen, and served as the associate director of the Just Peacemaking Initiative. He wrote his dissertation under the direction of G. Tommy Givens and David P. Gushee.
Cook’s first book, Worldview Theory, Whiteness, and the Future of Evangelical Faith, is out now along with a series of articles on Baptist News Global introducing its hypothesis. He has also published, presented, and taught around topics like a theology of identity, theories of (non)violence, formation for peacemaking, and adaptive leadership.
As the academic program director for Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s “Pathways for Tomorrow” grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and a visiting assistant professor, Cook is exploring new ways to form leaders who know and do the practices that make for peace.
Up next for Cook are two projects in moral formation. One is a practical theology of freedom and agency that builds constructively from the radical, little-b baptist tradition. The other will study experiments in forming communities if faith to enact Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, with special attention to nonviolent direct action.