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The Making of American Liberal Theology

Imagining Progressive Religion, 1805-1900

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Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date:
10/1/2001
ISBN:
9780664223540
Pages:
528
Trim Size
6x9
Product Type:
Paper

In this first of a three-volume, comprehensive series, Gary Dorrien mixes theological analysis with historical and biographical detail to present the first comprehensive interpretation of American theological liberalism. Arguing that the indigenous roots of American liberal theology existed before the rise of Darwinism, Dorrien maintains that this tradition took shape in the nineteenth century and was motivated by a desire to map a progressive "third way" between authority-based orthodoxies and atheistic rationalism. Dorrien characterizes American liberal theology by its openness to historical criticism and evolutionary theory, its commitment to the authority of individual reason and experience, its conception of Christianity as an ethical way of life, and its commitment to make Christianity credible and socially relevant to modern people.

Gary Dorrien is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University in New York City. An Episcopal priest, he is the author of eleven books and over one hundred articles that range across the fields of theology, philosophy, social theory, politics, ethics, and history.


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Newsletter of the Society for the Advancementof American Philosophy(No. 102, October 2005)"[A] brilliant account of the emergence of progressive theology in the 19th century....Dorrien's project is awesome in scope, prodigiousin depth, generous in judgment and it makes the 19th century theological scene vivid for the general reader, as well as the specialist.""Surely, however, such a major work should notbe lacking a formal bibliography. Westminster JohnKnox ought to be able to do better than that for such an author."--Joseph Pickle, Colorado College
Evangelical Review of Theology(Vol. 30, No. 2, April 2006)
Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly(Vol. 102, NO. 4, Fall 2005)
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