Social Ethics in the Making

Author: Gary Dorrien
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444393790
Format: PDF
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In the early 1880s, proponents of what came to be called “the social gospel” founded what is now known as social ethics. This ambitious and magisterial book describes the tradition of social ethics: one that began with the distinctly modern idea that Christianity has a social-ethical mission to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice. Charts the story of social ethics - the idea that Christianity has a social-ethical mission to transform society - from its roots in the nineteenth century through to the present day Discusses and analyzes how different traditions of social ethics evolved in the realms of the academy, church, and general public Looks at the wide variety of individuals who have been prominent exponents of social ethics from academics and self-styled “public intellectuals” through to pastors and activists Set to become the definitive reference guide to the history and development of social ethics Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 award

Economy Difference Empire

Author: Gary J. Dorrien
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231149840
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Gary Dorrien is the preeminent social ethicist in North America today."-Cornel West, Princeton University "The most rigorous theological historian of our time, moving from analyses of social context and personal struggles through the most abstruse theological and metaphysical issues."-Robert Neville, Boston University "Gary Dorrien's scholarly investigation of capitalism's destructive collision with society has greater urgency for America than ever before. Given all the adversities our nation faces, Americans need to learn and consider the great possibilities that Dorrien discusses for disarming the conflict and creating a more equitable and humane country."-William Greider, National Affairs Correspondent for the Nation and Author of Come Home, America: the Rise and Fall (And Redeeming Promise) of Our Country "Like his other works, Gary Dorrien's book is richly researched and beautifully written. Dorren is among the leading academic voices of progressive Christianity, and his book brings the various threads of his scholarship together in one place."-Laura Olson, Clemson University Examining 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.

Solidarische Toleranz

Author: Thomas-Andreas Põder
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3647564516
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Die erstmalige Interpretation des Gesamtwerkes des deutsch-baltischen Theologen Alexander von Oettingen (1827-1905) stellt es als systematische Erstgestalt einer Kreuzestheologie und Sozialethik dar. Darin koinzidieren die Genese einer fundamentaltheologischen Kreuzestheologie nach der Aufklärung und einer empirisch ausgewiesenen Sozialethik. Thomas-Andreas Põder untersucht diese Grundorientierungen, deren Zusammenhang als „solidarische Toleranz“ sichtbar wird. Die Begriffe „Toleranz“ und „Solidarität“ spielen eine wichtige Rolle in von Oettingens Theologie, die sich durch eine besondere Sensibilität für die Situation religiös-weltanschaulichen Pluralismus auszeichnet.

Zwischen Liebesideal und Realismus

Author: Tina Bellmann
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
ISBN: 3863953207
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Was lässt sich nach dem vielbeschworenen „Ende der Anthropologie“ noch vom Menschsein sagen? Wie lässt sich angesichts der zunehmenden anthropologischen Sprachlosigkeit noch ethische Orientierung gewinnen? Welche Folgen hat die Fragmentierung von Menschenbildern für den demokratischen Diskurs? Dieses Problemfeld bearbeitet die Autorin unter Rückgriff auf das Denken des hierzulande wenig bekannten US-amerikanischen Theologen Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). Auf breiter Quellenbasis werden Genese, Funktion und Profil seiner theologischen Anthropologie herausgearbeitet, die sich als pragmatisch orientiertes, zentral um die Sündenlehre kreisendes Denkmodell präsentiert. Die Wahrnehmung tiefgreifender politischer und sozialer Krisen regt Niebuhr dazu an, die Anthropologie zum Fundament eines großangelegten gesellschaftlichen Rettungsprogramms auszubauen. Aus der einsichtsvollen historischen wie theologischen Aufarbeitung des Niebuhrschen Werkes leitet die Autorin gewichtige Impulse für die Debatten der Gegenwart ab. Sie zeigt auf, wie eine „realistische“ Anthropologie im Sinne Niebuhrs nicht nur einen innovativen Ansatz einer public theology begründet, sondern darüber hinaus als „soziale Ressource“ in der Debatte um die „Krise der Demokratie“ neue Wege aufzuzeigen vermag.

Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit

Author: Gary Dorrien
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444355899
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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

Gendering Christian Ethics

Author: Jenny Daggers
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443843547
Format: PDF
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Gendering Christian Ethics brings together ethical reflections by a new generation of European and American researchers. Contributors are well versed in feminist theology and feminist theory; chapters build on foundations laid by pioneers who first raised questions of gender and Christianity. Christian ethics have a bearing on the conduct of Christian theology, church or institution, and on distinctive Christian ways of engaging with the wider world. Gendering Christian Ethics addresses these inner and outer dynamics.

Religion the Secular and the Politics of Sexual Difference

Author: Linell E. Cady
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536046
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Global struggles over women's roles, rights, and dress increasingly cast the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. When advocates for equality speak in terms of rights and modern progress, or reactionaries ground their authority in religious and scriptural appeals, both tend to presume women's emancipation is ineluctably tied to secularization. Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference upsets this certainty by drawing on diverse voices and traditions in studies that historicize, question, and test the implicit links between secularism and expanded freedoms for women. Rather than position secularism as the answer to conflicts over gender and sexuality, this volume shows both religion and the secular collaborate in creating the conditions that generate them.

When Government Helped

Author: Sheila D. Collins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199990719
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When Government Helped systematically evaluates some parallels between The Great Depression and the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown, not only in terms of their economic causes and consequences, but also in terms of their political and cultural contexts and the environmental crises that afflict both periods. The positive and negative lessons for contemporary policy-making are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of authors across a range of policy arenas. This book is a unique blend of disciplines that presents a new set of guideposts--some beneficial, some cautionary--for the future.

Christian Approaches to International Affairs

Author: J. Troy
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137030038
Format: PDF
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Troy analyses how the understanding of religion in Realism and the English School helps in working towards the greater good in international relations, studying religion within the overall framework of international affairs and the field of peace studies.

Soul in Society

Author: Gary J. Dorrien
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9780800628918
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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.