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Soul in Society

Soul in Society

The Making and Renewal of Social Christianity

  • Author: Gary J. Dorrien
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • ISBN: 9780800628918
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 389
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Gary Dorrien's major work addresses the roots of and remedy to the current crisis in American Christian social ethics.Focusing on the story of American liberal Protestantism, the book examines in fascinating depth the three major movements in this century ? the Social Gospel, Christian Realism, and Liberation Theology ? in a way that also brings African American, feminist, environmentalist, Catholic, and other voices into the increasingly multicultural quest.Dorrien then carefully assesses the crisis of social Christian thought in a culture that is increasingly secular, materialistic, and dominated by capitalism. He shows how the progressive Christian vision of social and economic democracy can be redeemed in the face of its apparent defeat. He argues strongly for a social Christianity faithful to the spiritual reality and kingdom-oriented ethic of the way of Christ.Dorrien's engaging narrative, knowledgeable and fair analysis, and thoughtful proposal bring desperately needed clarity and commitment to the Christian social conscience.

Social Ethics in the Making

Social Ethics in the Making

Interpreting an American Tradition

  • Author: Gary Dorrien
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781444305777
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 752
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In the early 1880s, proponents of what came to be called “thesocial gospel” founded what is now known as social ethics.This ambitious and magisterial book describes the tradition ofsocial ethics: one that began with the distinctly modern idea thatChristianity has a social-ethical mission to transform thestructures of society in the direction of social justice. Charts the story of social ethics - the idea that Christianityhas a social-ethical mission to transform society - from its rootsin the nineteenth century through to the present day Discusses and analyzes how different traditions of socialethics evolved in the realms of the academy, church, and generalpublic Looks at the wide variety of individuals who have beenprominent exponents of social ethics from academics and self-styled“public intellectuals” through to pastors andactivists Set to become the definitive reference guide to the history anddevelopment of social ethics Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for2009 award

Applied Christian Ethics

Applied Christian Ethics

Foundations, Economic Justice, and Politics

  • Author: Matthew Lon Weaver
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 0739196596
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 332
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Applied Christian Ethics addresses selected themes in Christian social ethics. Part one shows the roots of contributors in the realist school; part two focuses on different levels of the significance of economics for social justice; and part three deals with both existential experience and government policy in war and peace issues.

Reinventing Liberal Christianity

Reinventing Liberal Christianity

  • Author: Theo Hobson
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 0802868401
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 304
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In past years liberal Christianity challenged centuries of authoritarian tradition and had great political influence. Today it is widely dismissed as a watering-down of the faith, and more conservative forms of Christianity are increasingly dominant. Can the liberal Christian tradition recover its influence? Hobson argues that a simple revival is not possible, because liberal Christianity consists of two traditions. He aims to transform liberal Christianity through the rediscovery of faith and ritual.

Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?

Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?

Questions for the Future of Ecumenism

  • Author: Michael Kinnamon
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 0802870759
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 176
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There is no doubt that ecumenism occupies a prominent place in the history of the church in the twentieth century: countless churches have been renewed through encounter with Christian sisters and brothers in other confessions and cultures. But it is not clear that this ecumenical impulse will continue to figure prominently in the church s story. In this book Michael Kinnamon argues that the ecumenical movement, which has given such energy and direction to the church, needs to be reconceived in a way that provides renewing power for the church in this era — and he shows how this might happen. He names the problems with ecumenism, identifies strengths and accomplishments upon which the church now can build, and suggests practical, concrete steps we can take in the direction of revitalization, especially at the local level.

Position and Responsibility

Position and Responsibility

Jürgen Habermas, Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Co-Reconstruction of the Positional Imperative

  • Author: Ilsup Ahn
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630877344
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 258
  • View: 625
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What is the moral criterion for those who hold power positions and authority in governments, corporations, and institutions? Ahn answers this question by presenting the concept of the positional imperative. The positional imperative is an executive moral norm for those who hold power positions in political and economic organizations. By critically integrating the Neo-Kantian reconstructionism of Jurgen Habermas with the Neo-Augustinian reconstructionism of Reinhold Niebuhr, through the method of co-reconstruction, Ahn identifies the positional imperative as an executive moral norm embedded in all power positions: Act in such a way not only to abide by laws, but also to come by the approvals of those affected by your positional actions. By uncovering this executive moral norm, Ahn argues that a position holder is not just a professional working for the system, but a moral executive who is willing to take the responsibility of his or her positional actions.

Secularism and Religion-Making

Secularism and Religion-Making

  • Author: Markus Dressler,Arvind Mandair
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199911290
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 288
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This book conceives of "religion-making" broadly as the multiple ways in which social and cultural phenomena are configured and reconfigured within the matrix of a world-religion discourse that is historically and semantically rooted in particular Western and predominantly Christian experiences, knowledges, and institutions. It investigates how religion is universalized and certain ideas, social formations, and practices rendered "religious" are thus integrated in and subordinated to very particular - mostly liberal-secular - assumptions about the relationship between history, politics, and religion. The individual contributions, written by a new generation of scholars with decisively interdisciplinary approaches, examine the processes of translation and globalization of historically specific concepts and practices of religion - and its dialectical counterpart, the secular - into new contexts. This volume contributes to the relatively new field of thought that aspires to unravel the thoroughly intertwined relationships between religion and secularism as modern concepts.

Guaranteed Pure

Guaranteed Pure

The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism

  • Author: Timothy Gloege
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469621029
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 328
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American evangelicalism has long walked hand in hand with modern consumer capitalism. Timothy Gloege shows us why, through an engaging story about God and big business at the Moody Bible Institute. Founded in Chicago by shoe-salesman-turned-revivalist Dwight Lyman Moody in 1889, the institute became a center of fundamentalism under the guidance of the innovative promoter and president of Quaker Oats, Henry Crowell. Gloege explores the framework for understanding humanity shared by these business and evangelical leaders, whose perspectives clearly differed from those underlying modern scientific theories. At the core of their "corporate evangelical" framework was a modern individualism understood primarily in terms of economic relations. Conservative evangelicalism and modern business grew symbiotically, transforming the ways that Americans worshipped, worked, and consumed. Gilded Age evangelicals initially understood themselves primarily as new "Christian workers--employees of God guided by their divine contract, the Bible. But when these ideas were put to revolutionary ends by Populists, corporate evangelicals reimagined themselves as savvy religious consumers and reformulated their beliefs. Their consumer-oriented "orthodoxy" displaced traditional creeds and undermined denominational authority, forever altering the American religious landscape. Guaranteed pure of both liberal theology and Populist excesses, this was a new form of old-time religion not simply compatible with modern consumer capitalism but uniquely dependent on it.

Economy, Difference, Empire

Economy, Difference, Empire

Social Ethics for Social Justice

  • Author: Gary Dorrien
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231526296
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 496
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Sourcing the major traditions of progressive Christian social ethics social gospel liberalism, Niebuhrian realism, and liberation theology Gary Dorrien argues for the social-ethical necessity of social justice politics. In carefully reasoned essays, he focuses on three subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice, racial and gender justice, and antimilitarism, making a constructive case for economic democracy, along with a liberationist understanding of racial and gender justice and an anti-imperial form of liberal internationalism. In Dorrien's view, the three major discourse traditions of progressive Christian social ethics share a fundamental commitment to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice. His reflections on these topics feature innovative analyses of major figures, such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Burnham, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington, and an extensive engagement with contemporary intellectuals, such as Rosemary R. Ruether, Katie Cannon, Gregory Baum, and Cornel West. Dorrien also weaves his personal experiences into his narrative, especially his involvement in social justice movements. He includes a special chapter on the 2008 presidential campaign and the historic candidacy of Barack Obama.

Speak Thus

Speak Thus

Christian Language in Church and World

  • Author: Craig R. Hovey
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630874582
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 170
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In its various forms, speech is absolutely integral to the Christian mission. The gospel is a message, news that must be passed on if it is to be known by others. Nevertheless, the reality of God cannot be exhausted by Christian knowledge and Christian knowledge cannot be exhausted by our words. All the while, the philosophy of modernity has left Christianity an impoverished inheritance within which to think these things. In Speak Thus, Craig Hovey explores the possibilities and limits of Christian speaking. At times ethical, epistemological, and metaphysical, these essays go to the heart of what it means to be the church today. In practice, the Christian life often has a linguistic shape that surprisingly implicates and reveals the commitments of people like those who care for the sick or those who respond as peacemakers in the face of violence. Because learning to speak one way as opposed to another is a skill that must be learned, Christian speakers are also guides who bear witness to the importance of churches for passing on a felicity with Christian ways of speaking. Through constructive engagements with interlocutors like Ludwig Wittgenstein, George Lindbeck, Jeffrey Stout, Stanley Hauerwas, John Howard Yoder, Thomas Aquinas, and the theology of Radical Orthodoxy, Hovey offers a challenging vision of the church--able to speak with a confidence that only comes from a deep attentiveness to its own limitations, while also able to speak prophetically in a world weary of words.