CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND AMERICAN SOCIETY by Waldo Beach

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND AMERICAN SOCIETY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This volume undertakes a study of American society as judged by the values of Christian community. It draws upon two main sources: the normative ethics of Christian teaching and the descriptive data of sociology. The author is convinced that the insights of the Christian faith can illuminate the condition of the American in his loss of community in our mechanized, urbanized, closed existence. Throughout the argument, the question of the dialogue between theology and sociology is raised, and a complementary role sought for each. Unfortunately, the discussion of this theme, as well as of most of the topics treated, seems a bit dated--an impression confirmed by the publication dates of many of the sources quoted and used by the author. More reference to others of the behavioral sciences in addition to sociology might have also enriched the discussion. The result is a competent but somewhat lacklustre treatment of a very urgent theme. Students could use this as a background text, if supplemented by more up-to-date resources.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1969
Publisher: Westminster