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.
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion
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