Soul in Society: The Making and Renewal of Social Christianity

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Fortress Press, 1995 - Religion - 389 pages
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.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Troeltsch and the History of Christian Social Teaching
4
Rauschenbusch and the Christian Social Revolution
6
Kaus and Civic Liberalism
8
Social Christianity Today
15
CHRISTIANIZING THE MODERN ORDER
21
Shailer Mathewss Reformist Progressivism
23
Walter Rauschenbusch and Democratic Socialism
25
Michael Novak and the Christian Realist Right
189
Neoconservatives and Access to Power
198
Neuhaus and the Catholic Moment
207
DECENTERING VOICES
221
John Courtney Murray and the American Proposition
229
James H Cone and Black Theology
235
Woman Theology
253
Mary Daly and Feminist Theology
256

Mathews and Christian Sociology
30
Rauschenbusch and the Struggle for the Kingdom
38
Mathews and Foreign Policy
48
Rauschenbusch and the Great War
51
Mathews and the War
54
Harry Emerson Fosdick
60
Mathews and Modernism
69
Justin Wroe Nixon
75
Charles Clayton Morrison
77
Reinhold Niebuhr and the Christian Century
84
CHRISTIAN REALISM
91
Niehbuhr as Antifascist
102
Niebuhr and Realpolitik
116
Niebuhr against the War in Vietnam
136
Niebuhr as Theologian
143
Reinhold and H Richard Niebuhr
156
REALISMS IN CONFLICT
162
John C Bennett
164
Christian Realism in a New Era
173
Liberation Theologies
181
Rosemary Radford Ruether
263
WomenChurch
275
FAILURE OF A DREAM?
282
Neoconservatism and Christian Ethics
288
Market Socialism and Economic Democracy
293
Cooperative Enterprises in the United States
297
Mutual Funds and the Meidner Plan
301
Ecotheology
308
John B Cobb Jr and ThirdWay Economics
316
COMMUNITIES OF MEMORY
336
Habits of the Heart
337
Communitarianism and the Social Gospel
343
Stanley Hauerwas and the Kingdom
351
Culture Religion and American Christianity
361
James Gustafson and the Church as Participant
367
The Kingdom of Christ
371
The Next Generation
373
Index
377
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Gary Dorrien is Associate Professor of Religion and Dean of Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.

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