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The Making of American Liberal Theology: Crisis, Irony, and Postmodernity,… (2006)

by Gary Dorrien

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Volume III of III. Dorrien describes the late Unitarian theologian, James Luther Adams, as "the conscience of his generation" who emphasized social transformation while lamenting the lack of world-changing commitment that comes from spiritual conversion. He recognized how lonely Adams was as a UU Christian theist, but how connected he was in his ecumenical and action-oriented theology.

In final chapter, Dorrien observes the "unnoticed renaissance" of liberal theology. Cf. Gordon Kaufman, J. Deotis Roberts, Sallie McFague, David Tracy, Ian Barbour, and Elizabeth Johnson. Also - his "trilogy" of the advocates today--Spong, Borg, and Gomes, qv.
  keylawk | Nov 6, 2007 |
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In this concluding volume of his magisterial trilogy, Gary Dorrien sustains his previous definition of liberal theology and his mixture of theological, philosophical, and historical analysis, while emphasizing the unprecedented diversity of liberal theology in the postmodern age. Dorrien argues that liberal theology has been in crisis for the past half-century, yet despite the crisis, and also because of it, it has also experienced a “hidden renaissance” of intellectual creativity. Liberal theology in the early twenty-first century is more diverse, complex, and marginalized than ever before in its history, he concludes, but its essential idea—creating a progressive, credible, integrative third way between orthodox over-belief and secular unbelief—remains as necessary as ever.

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