Liberal heroes

This book completes a magnificent scholarly accomplishment: the three-volume The Making of American Liberal Theology series (the two previous volumes were Imagining Progressive Religion, 1805-1900 [2001] and Idealism, Realism, and Modernity, 1900-1950 [2003]). Gary Dorrien, recently named the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Seminary in New York, has given us clear, fair accounts of all the important, and most of the semi-important, writers within the tradition he is examining, drawing on published works, reviews, unpublished correspondence, manuscripts and interviews. He seems to have read everything. That over 1,700 pages of such careful analysis have been published within only a six-year period is astonishing.


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