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Economy, difference, empire : social ethics for social justice

Author: Gary J Dorrien
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Series: Columbia series on religion and politics.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary J Dorrien
ISBN: 9780231149846 0231149840 9780231526296 0231526296
OCLC Number: 539084702
Description: xxiv, 500 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. I. The social gospel and Niebuhrian realism. Society as the subject of redemption : Washington Gladden, Walter Rauschenbusch, and the social gospel --
Reinhold Niebuhr, Karl Barth, and the crises of war and capitalism --
The Niebuhrian legacy : Christian realism as theology, social ethics, and public intellectualism --
Ironic complexity : Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy Graham, modernity, and racial justice --
pt. II. Economic democracy in question. Norman Thomas and the dilemma of American socialism --
Michael Harrington and the "left wing of the possible" --
Christian socialism as tradition and problem --
Breaking the oligarchy : globalization, turbo-capitalism, economic crash, economic democracy --
Rethinking and renewing economic democracy --
pt. III. Neoconservatism and American empire. The neoconservative phenomenon : American power and the war of ideology --
Imperial designs : neoconservatism and the Iraq War --
Militaristic illusions : the Iraq debacle and the crisis of American empire --
Empire in denial : American exceptionalism and the community of nations --
pt. IV. Social ethics and the politics of difference. The feminist difference : Rosemary R. Ruether and eco-socialist Christianity --
Pragmatic postmodern prophecy : Cornel West as social critic and public intellectual --
As purple to lavender : Katie Cannon and womanist ethics --
Religious pluralism as a justice issue : Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, and ecumenism --
The Obama phenomenon and presidency --
Social ethics in the making : history, method, and White supremacism.
Series Title: Columbia series on religion and politics.
Responsibility: Gary Dorrien.

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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. (publisher).

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Through a collection of 19 essays, the gifted social ethicist not only explores the origins and heights of the social justice movement in American liberal Christianity but studies its challengers and Read more...

 
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