The Making Of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion 1805-1900  -     By: Gary Dorrien
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Westminster John Knox Press / 2001 / Paperback

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(PUBWestminster/John Knox)"A solid work of great scope which successfully presents the story of the emergence of American liberalism to a new generation of readers,"---Christian Century. Covers such notables as Channing, Emerson, Bushnell, Beecher, Stanton, and Briggs, while stressing the role of the preacher. 494 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 552
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664223540
ISBN-13: 9780664223540
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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.

Author Bio

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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