Twentieth-century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics

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Mercer University Press, 2008 - Religion - 354 pages
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This title deals with Baptist ethicists who changed our ways of living. ""Twentieth-Century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics"" provides an overview of the major historical framework within which Baptists emerged with significant contributions to Christian social thought and action in the twentieth century. Baptists have few original towering theologians in the tradition of Augustine, Acquinas, Luther, Calvin, Kierkegaard, Edwards, Brunner, Barth, Kung, Pannenberg or a host of non-Baptist contemporary thinkers. As an activist people, Baptists can lay claim to an impressive array of teachers, writers, and activists who have shaped a century of thought and action within both the Church and the larger social arena, including two recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. This book provides a summary of the life, principal ideas, writings, and most significant contributions of nineteen Baptists since 1900. They interpret the connections between the various persons, institutions, and streams of thought that flow through the narratives of a biographical ethic. Many contemporary students and church lay leaders are unaware of the meaningful contributions of the persons described in these descriptions. A concluding essay identifies key issues and potential trends for Baptists as the post-modern era of the twenty-first century develops.
 

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Contents

WALTER RAUSCHENBUSCH 18611918 PIONEER OF BAPTIST SOCIAL ETHICS
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MURIEL LESTER 18831968 BRITISH PASTOR SOCIAL WORKER AND PEACE ACTIVIST
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NANNIE HELEN BURROUGHS 1879 1961 A VOICE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND REFORM
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PART II THINKERS AND TEACHERS
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T B MASTON 18971988 MENTOR TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST PROPHETS
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HENLEE HULIX BARNETTE 19112004 PRINCIPLIST IN THE SOURHTERN SEMINARY TRADITION
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JAMES MCCLENDON 19242000 THEOLOGIAN OF THE ETHICAL STANCE
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J DEOTIS ROBERTS 1927 THEOLOGIAN OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIBERATION ETHICS
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR 19291968 THE GREATEST AMERICAN PROPHET
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JIMMY CARTER 1924 PEANUT FARMER TURNED HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE
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C ANNE DAVIS 19382006 SHAPING AN ETHIC OF DOING THE WORD
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GLEN HAROLD STASSEN 1936 BAPTIST PEACEMAKER IN A CONFLICTED WORLD
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TONY CAMPOLO 1935 CONNECTED CRITIC
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J M DAWSON 18791973 AND JAMES M DUNN 1932 RELIGIOUS LIBERTARIANS
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FOY DAN VALENTINE 19232006 HELPING CHANGED PEOPLE CHANGE THE WORLD
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SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
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PAUL D SIMMONS BIOETHICS OF A BAPTIST IN EXILE
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DREAMERS OF A NEW WORLD ORDER
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CLARENCE JORDAN 19121969 JASPER MARTIN ENGLAND 19011989 AND MILLARD FULLER 1935 KOINONIA FARM EPICENTER FOR ...
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LARRY L. MCSWAIN is professor of Ethics and Leadership and holds the Watkins Christian Foundation Chair of Christian Ministry at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. He has served as an educator and administrator at the seminary and college level, including service as president of Shorter College. W. LOYD ALLEN is professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation and holds the Sylvan Hills Church Chair of Baptist History at McAfee School of Theology. He has written and taught in the area of spiritual formation with special interest in the intersection of spirituality and justice issues. He has been executive director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society for over a decade.

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