Modern Believing

Social Ethics and the Politics of Jesus

Modern Believing (2021), 62, (3), 242–251.

Abstract

The social gospel movement that founded the field of social ethics in the USA made a defining claim that Christians must support movements for social justice. Usually it also claimed that Jesus is best interpreted through a social-ethical lens, as a prophet of justice. Social ethics, for decades, had no other basis in the USA, and even the major alternative to it that arose in the work of Reinhold Niebuhr took for granted the essential point of departure of the social gospel.

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Niebuhr, Reinhold (1932) Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics. New York: Scribner’s. Google Scholar

Niebuhr, Reinhold (1935) An Interpretation of Christian Ethics. New York: Harper and Brothers. Google Scholar

Rauschenbusch, Walter (1912) Christianizing the Social Order. New York: Macmillan. Google Scholar

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Dorrien, Gary