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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Position and Responsibility

Jurgen 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

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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.
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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.
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Solidarity Ethics

Transformation in a Globalized World

Author: Rebecca Todd Peters

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 145146987X

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Rebecca Todd Peters argues for an ethic of solidarity as a new model for how people of faith in the first world can live with integrity in the midst of global injustice and shape a more just future. Solidarity Ethics seeks to address the economic and social structures of our globalized context. Peters argues for a concrete ethics rooted in the Christian tradition of justice and transformation deeply informed by solidarity and relationality. Utilizing these theologically rich resources, an ethics of relational reflection, action, and construction is provided as an avenue for building viable strategies for social transformation.
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Religion in America Since 1945

A History

Author: Patrick Allitt

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231121547

Category: History

Page: 313

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Taking as its starting point the long-standing characterization of Milton as a "Hebraic" writer, Milton and the Rabbis probes the limits of the relationship between the seventeenth-century English poet and polemicist and his Jewish antecedents. Shoulson's analysis moves back and forth between Milton's writings and Jewish writings of the first five centuries of the Common Era, collectively known as midrash. In exploring the historical and literary implications of these connections, Shoulson shows how Milton's text can inform a more nuanced reading of midrash just as midrash can offer new insights into Paradise Lost. Shoulson is unconvinced of a direct link between a specific collection of rabbinic writings and Milton's works. He argues that many of Milton's poetic ideas that parallel midrash are likely to have entered Christian discourse not only through early modern Christian Hebraicists but also through Protestant writers and preachers without special knowledge of Hebrew. At the heart of Shoulson's inquiry lies a fundamental question: When is an idea, a theme, or an emphasis distinctively Judaic or Hebraic and when is it Christian? The difficulty in answering such questions reveals and highlights the fluid interaction between ostensibly Jewish, Hellenistic, and Christian modes of thought not only during the early modern period but also early in time when rabbinic Judaism and Christianity began.
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Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit

The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology

Author: Gary Dorrien

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444355899

Category: Religion

Page: 616

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Winner: 2012 The American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Theology and Religious Studies, PROSE Award. In this thought-provoking new work, the world renowned theologian Gary Dorrien reveals how Kantian and post-Kantian idealism were instrumental in the foundation and development of modern Christian theology. Presents a radical rethinking of the roots of modern theology Reveals how Kantian and post-Kantian idealism were instrumental in the foundation and development of modern Christian theology Shows how it took Kant's writings on ethics and religion to launch a fully modern departure in religious thought Dissects Kant's three critiques of reason and his moral conception of religion Analyzes alternative arguments offered by Schleiermacher, Schelling, Hegel, and others - moving historically and chronologically through key figures in European philosophy and theology Presents notoriously difficult and intellectual arguments in a lucid and accessible manner
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The encyclopedia of Christianity

Author: Erwin Fahlbusch

Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 866

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The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Comprehensive, up to date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the EC describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history. The EC also looks outward beyond Christianity, considering other world religions and philosophies as it paints the overall religious and sociocultural picture in which the Christian church now finds itself in the new millennium. Volume 5 contains 295 articles constituting the alphabetical entries Si?Z ? articles on significant topics ranging from sin, Sufism, and terrorism to theology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Vatican I and II, the virgin birth, and Zionism.
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Choice

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

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Healing and Creativity in Economic Ethics

The Contribution of Bernard Lonergan's Economic Thought to Catholic Social Teaching

Author: Stephen L. Martin

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

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The re-enchantment of political science

Christian scholars engage their discipline

Author: Thomas W. Heilke,Ashley Woodiwiss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 266

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Religion and politics appear together in newspaper headlines more today than ever before. Questions about the relationship between religion and politics -- on theoretical, historical, and behavioral levels -- are likewise heavily debated behind the front pages, by scholars in political science who demonstrate the "new Christian thinking". The Re-Enchantment of Political Science engages these scholars in an interdisciplinary conversation concerning the identity and ends of Christian political science. It considers whether and to what extent the community of Christian scholarship, within its own narrative religious traditions, can add a distinctive and significant dimension to the discipline of political science.
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God and human dignity

the personalism, theology, and ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr

Author: Rufus Burrow

Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr

ISBN: 9780268021948

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 337

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The Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.Devotes devotes much-needed attention both to King's conviction that the universe is value-infused and to the implications of the ideology of personalism for King's views on human dignity and his concept of the "Beloved Community."
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Methods in the Madness

Diversity in Twentieth-century Christian Social Ethics

Author: Anna M. Robbins

Publisher: Authentic Bibles

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 294

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This study examines some key approaches to ecumenical social ethics in the past century, as expressed in the thought of Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebhur, and the World Council of Churches. The author argues that unless Christians are clear about the ways that theology and philosophy relate to one another and work themselves out in our practical commitments, we will lose the ability to discuss social ethics as individuals and churches, let alone reach effective arguments.
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