Item description for The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion, 1805 - 1900 (v. 1) by Dorrien...
Overview Dorrien defines American liberal theology primarily by its historical character, as an ecumenical Christian tradition that derives from the late 18th- and early 19th-century Protestant attempts to reconceptualize the meaning of traditional Christian teaching in the light of modern knowledge and ethical values.
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.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion, 1805 - 1900 (v. 1) by Dorrien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 05/01/2007 page 38
Library Journal - 11/01/2001 page 99
Christian Century - 07/31/2002 page 36
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.12" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664223540 ISBN13 9780664223540
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The Making of American Liberal Theology:Imagining Progressive Relition Aug 21, 2005
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History of A Different Way Apr 15, 2002
Dorrien's book provides a well-written and informed look at the roots of American liberal theology. Dorrien starts with the Unitarians (most notably Ralph Waldo Emerson -- did you remember he was a minister from high school?) and considers other forerunners such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's brother and Elizabeth Cody Stanton.
I am a firm believer in complicated information presented in an easily read fashion, and Dorrien's book fits the bill. I've actually been reading a history of Atonement Theory and Trinitarianism for light bedtime reading because it's so fascinating. Dorrien explores theology through biography, painting a realistic picture of the all-too-human proponents of the theory of the Divine. I also appreciate learning about the historical roots of an informed, loving, intelligent Christian faith that sought to fight against the fire-and-brimstone intolerant exclusivism of its day. A must read for Bible and religion students, seminarians, historians, and anyone who wishes to claim the historical roots of progressive Christianity.