Social Ethics in the Making: Interpreting an American by Gary Dorrien

By Gary Dorrien

Within the early Eighties, proponents of what got here to be known as “the social gospel” based what's referred to now as social ethics. This formidable and magisterial ebook describes the culture of social ethics: person who all started with the enormously smooth concept that Christianity has a social-ethical undertaking to remodel the constructions of society towards social justice.Charts the tale of social ethics - the concept Christianity has a social-ethical venture to rework society - from its roots within the 19th century via to the current dayDiscusses and analyzes how assorted traditions of social ethics developed within the nation-states of the academy, church, and basic publicLooks on the wide array of people who've been widespread exponents of social ethics from teachers and self-styled “public intellectuals” via to pastors and activistsSet to turn into the definitive reference consultant to the background and improvement of social ethicsRecipient of a call striking educational name for 2009 award 

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It didn’t help that he was a Lutheran teaching at Pennsylvania College (later Gettysburg College). American Lutheranism was not a player in progressive Christian circles, and Stuckenberg’s commitment to social Christianity cut against the grain of Lutheran two-kingdoms theology. He was too isolated to make a significant impact on his own group or to be noticed beyond it. ”47 Tucker, by contrast, had ready access to the rising social gospel and liberal theology movements. He titled his course “Social Economics” to make a point about what it 24 Inventing Social Ethics meant to apply theology to life under modern conditions.

31 Peabody shared that conviction with a rising movement for “Applied Christianity,” although he was ambivalent about the American Economics Association, since he also believed in the dream of a unified social science. In 1865 the American Social Science Association had been founded to promote social scientific analysis and solutions to social problems. ” Twenty years later Sanborn reaffirmed that good social science had a powerful ethical aim. To positivists, good social science dealt with facts, not with values.

The course spurred many Harvard students to volunteer for social work organizations, however, and Peabody was ambitious for social ethics as a discipline, telling Sanborn: “There is in this department a new opportunity in university instruction. With us it has been quite without precedent. It summons the young men who have been imbued with the principles of political economy and of philosophy to the practical application of those studies. ”38 The Social Question, William Jewett Tucker, and Liberal Theology Peabody was in the twilight of his career at Harvard before he published his first book, Jesus Christ and the Social Question, in 1900.

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