THE CHURCH AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY by John Richard- Ed. Spann

THE CHURCH AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fifteen writers of recognized standing in the Protestant churches units in developing the thesis that the Christian Church is responsible for social conditions and must provide redemptive measures for society. The bearing of the mission and program of the church upon the community and its human problems, upon the economic and political order are discussed in the light of the Protestantism's theological convictions. Such vital topics as the organization of economic life, Church and State, race relations, crime prevention and war are among those considered. Most of the contributors are either theological professors or executives and the volume accordingly reflects an ""ivory tower"" approach. One wishes for more pastors in underprivileged areas of cities, more Christian social workers and labor leaders. But in a day when the very idea of the church being an agency of social action is under suspicion and attack from within and without the church, it is well to have presented to us the theological and religious basis for social redemption. Such names as Joseph Haroutunian, L. Harold DeWolf, Cameron P. Hall, Walter W. VanKirk and Roland H. Bainton appearing among the contributors to the symposium guarantee the solidity of its presentation.

Publisher: Abingdon-Cokesbury