C. Randolph Ross graduated from
Yale Divinity School in 1972. Ordained a United Methodist, he also served Presbyterian and U.C.C. churches in the
dairy country of central New York State. During his first pastorate, he concluded that there was a real need for positive
alternatives for those in our churches who cannot believe in the traditional doctrines.
Over the next ten years, while serving part-time parishes, he constructed and published this alternative in Common
Sense Christianity. As one prominent
theologian commented, “For many who want to be Christian but cannot believe what they are told Christians
are supposed to believe, the book could be a godsend.” (John B. Cobb, Jr.,
of the School of Theology at Claremont.)
After publishing Common Sense Christianity,
Randy Ross attended Cornell Law School, graduating first in his class at age 46. For his “tent-making,”
he is now a Philadelphia lawyer. He is active in a United Methodist church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he enjoys
the weekly give-and-take of an open-minded adult Sunday School discussion group.