After Trump

After Trump

by Donald Heinz

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Overview

A black social gospel movement arose after the Civil War to mitigate the broken promises of reparations and the reestablishment of white supremacy. After the Gilded Age, a new social gospel arose in the early twentieth century that brought together Christian proclamation and an ethic of social justice that became liberal Protestantism's distinctive contribution to world Christianity, leaving residues in the New Deal and the Great Society. In the face of poverty and bondage in the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. led a second wave of the black social gospel movement and died for it, as prophets do. It birthed new liberation movements on many fronts. Again things fell apart as the Reagan Revolution massively redistributed wealth and social benefits upward and "late capitalism" flourished. In this environment tax cuts for the wealthy and massive inequalities grew, and President Trump inherited the resentments of the Christian Right and the opportunism of economic conservatives. Would a recurring social gospel have made a difference? After Trump, American Christianity faces another crisis of decision. Will the strange God of the Bible be re-called, will the churches re-live as social movements that bring good news to all the people, will American Christianity re-contest the public square and proclaim a new social gospel for our times? This book is an invitation and a manifesto.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532695315
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/18/2020
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 276,769
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Donald Heinz is Professor of Religious Studies emeritus at California State University, Chico, where he also was dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. He is a Lutheran minister in the ELCA. His books are The Last Passage: Recovering a Death of Our Own and Christmas: Festival of Incarnation. He is interested in ethics as social gospel and in the sociology of religion as contested public space.

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"I could not stop reading this book--it is at once theologically substantive and entertaining. The call for a recovery of the social gospel is welcome--at least it is welcome given Heinz's understanding of the gospel. We live in a strange time but that a book like this can be written gives one hope."

--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

"Rarely does one encounter such a sobering analysis of our present crisis combined with such an impressive discussion of how to move forward. Writing in the prophetic tradition of Reinhold Niebuhr and Robert Bellah, and drawing on extensive knowledge of biblical interpretation, Donald Heinz has outlined a call for a renewed social gospel that is both timely and compelling."

--Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

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“I could not stop reading this book—it is at once theologically substantive and entertaining. The call for a recovery of the social gospel is welcome—at least it is welcome given Heinz’s understanding of the gospel. We live in a strange time but that a book like this can be written gives one hope.”


—Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School





“Rarely does one encounter such a sobering analysis of our present crisis combined with such an impressive discussion of how to move forward. Writing in the prophetic tradition of Reinhold Niebuhr and Robert Bellah, and drawing on extensive knowledge of biblical interpretation, Donald Heinz has outlined a call for a renewed social gospel that is both timely and compelling.”


—Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

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