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Economy, Difference, Empire: Social Ethics for Social Justice
     

Economy, Difference, Empire: Social Ethics for Social Justice

by Gary Dorrien
 

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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 broad subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice; racial and gender justice; and

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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 broad subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice; racial and gender justice; and anti-militarism, and makes a constructive case for economic democracy, 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 extensive and innovative analyses of major figures, such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Burnham, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington, and 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. The volume features a special chapter on Dorrien's published work during the 2008 presidential campaign and historic candidacy of Barack Obama.

Editorial Reviews

The Christian Century
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 traces its decline

Journal of Church and State
Like his previous works, Economy, Difference, Empire not only displays Dorrien's passion for remembering the past but also his ability to discern what aspects of the past are still valuable. He writes vividly and clearly about history, ethics, and theology, and he understands that the voices of religious and political progressivism, whose stories he loves to tell, should not be consigned to the dusty shelves of a library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231526296
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2010
Series:
Columbia Series on Religion and Politics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
16 MB
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Laura Olson
Like his other works, Gary Dorrien's book is richly researched and beautifully written. Dorrien is among the leading academic voices of progressive Christianity, and his book brings the various threads of his scholarship together in one place.

William Greider
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.

Robert Neville
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.

Cornel West
Gary Dorrien is the preeminent social ethicist in North America today.

Meet the Author

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University. His recent works include the three-volume The Making of Liberal Theology and Social Ethics in the Making: Interpreting an American Tradition.

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