In the early 1880s, proponents of what came to be called “thesocial gospel” founded what is now known as social ethics.This ambitious and magisterial book describes the tradition ofsocial ethics: one that began with the distinctly modern idea thatChristianity has a social-ethical mission to transform thestructures of society in the direction of social justice.
Charts the story of social ethics - the idea that Christianityhas a social-ethical mission to transform society - from its rootsin the nineteenth century through to the present day
Discusses and analyzes how different traditions of socialethics evolved in the realms of the academy, church, and generalpublic
Looks at the wide variety of individuals who have beenprominent exponents of social ethics from academics and self-styled“public intellectuals” through to pastors andactivists
Set to become the definitive reference guide to the history anddevelopment of social ethics
Recipient of a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for2009 award
Gary Dorrien is the Reinhard Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of 14 books and over 200 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history.