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Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition

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A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America

Though in recent years the religious right has been a powerful political force, making “religion” and “conservatism” synonymous in the minds of many, the United States has always had an active, vibrant, and influential religious Left. In every period of our history, people of faith have envisioned a society of peace and justice, and their tireless efforts have made an indelible mark on our nation’s history.

 

In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan challenges simple distinctions between “religious” and “secular” activism, showing that religious beliefs and practices have been integral to every movement promoting liberty, equality, and solidarity. From Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the nineteenth century to Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., and Starhawk in the twentieth, American radicals have maintained a deep faith in the human capacity to transform the world. This radical faith has always been intertwined with the religious practices of Christians and Jews, pagans and Buddhists, orthodox believers and humanist heretics. Their vision and energies powered the social movements that have defined America’s progress: the abolition of slavery, feminism, the New Deal, civil rights, and others.

 

In this groundbreaking, definitive work, McKanan treats the histories of religion and the Left as a single history, showing that American radicalism is a continuous tradition rather than a collection of disparate movements. Emphasizing the power of encounter—encounters between whites and former slaves, between the middle classes and the immigrant masses, and among activists themselves—McKanan shows that the coming together of people of different perspectives and beliefs has been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith.

 

Offering a history of the diverse religious dimensions of radical movements from the American Revolution to the present day, Prophetic Encounters invites contemporary activists to stand proudly in a tradition of prophetic power.

Book News Annotation:

This history of radicalism in the United States explores the relationships between faith and activism and argues that rather than being an exclusive feature of conservatism, as so often demonstrated in the poplar media, faith and spiritualism figured prominently in the thinking of many radicals, and that it is in fact an integral part of an unbroken heritage of motivation for the American left. The work discusses the lives and beliefs of figures such as John Brown, Frederick Douglas, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothy Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. and provides a unified narrative of the relationship between spiritualism and activism from the nineteenth century to the present. McKanan is a professor at Harvard Divinity School. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Though in recent years the religious right has been a powerful political force, making “religion” and “conservatism” synonymous in the minds of many, the United States has always had an active, vibrant, and influential religious Left. In every period of our history, people of faith have envisioned a society of peace and justice, and their tireless efforts have made an indelible mark on our nation’s history.

 

In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan challenges simple distinctions between “religious” and “secular” activism, showing that religious beliefs and practices have been integral to every movement promoting liberty, equality, and solidarity. From Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the nineteenth century to Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., and Starhawk in the twentieth, American radicals have maintained a deep faith in the human capacity to transform the world. This radical faith has always been intertwined with the religious practices of Christians and Jews, pagans and Buddhists, orthodox believers and humanist heretics. Their vision and energies powered the social movements that have defined America’s progress: the abolition of slavery, feminism, the New Deal, civil rights, and others.

 

In this groundbreaking, definitive work, McKanan treats the histories of religion and the Left as a single history, showing that American radicalism is a continuous tradition rather than a collection of disparate movements. Emphasizing the power of encounter—encounters between whites and former slaves, between the middle classes and the immigrant masses, and among activists themselves—McKanan shows that the coming together of people of different perspectives and beliefs has been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith.

 

Offering a history of the diverse religious dimensions of radical movements from the American Revolution to the present day, Prophetic Encounters invites contemporary activists to stand proudly in a tradition of prophetic power.

Synopsis:

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith. Offering a history of the diverse religious dimensions of radical movements from the Revolution to the present day, Prophetic Encounters invites contemporary activists to stand proudly in a tradition of prophetic power.

About the Author

Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where he has taught since 2008. Previously he served as associate professor and chair of the Theology Department at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota. McKanan is the author of three books on religious social activism in the United States: Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States, Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society, and The Catholic Worker after Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation. His writing has also appeared in many publications, including Sojourners, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, America, the Journal of Religion, Harvard Theological Review, and Journal of the American Academy of Religion, as well as in multiple anthologies.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction:

Chapter 1)  The Faith of the Working Men

Chapter 2)  African Identity and Black Radicalism

Chapter 3)  Encounters with William Lloyd Garrison

Chapter 4)  Personifying Radical Abolitionism

Chapter 5)   Radicals Fight and Unite

Chapter 6)   Confronting the Slave Power

Chapter 7)   New Religions for Radicalism

Chapter 8)   Women’s Rights, Women Ministers, and a Woman’s Bible

Chapter 9)   The Jesus of Labor

Chapter 10)  Encountering the City

Chapter 11)  The Religion of Socialism

Chapter 12)  The Radical Depression

Chapter 13)  The Gandhian Moment

Chapter 14)  Mentors of a New Left

Chapter 15)  New Encounters in the South

Chapter 16)  Expanding Circles of Encounter

Chapter 17)  From Encounter to Confrontation

Chapter 18)  Rebuilding the Left

Chapter 19)  A Women’s Decade

Chapter 20)  Resisting the Right

Chapter 21) The Future of Radicalism

Acknowledgments

Appendix: Radical Organizations

Resources for Further Study

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807013151
Author:
Mckanan, Dan
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Mckanan, Daniel
Author:
McKanan, Dan
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.26 x 6.26 x 1.14 in 1.38 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Though in recent years the religious right has been a powerful political force, making “religion” and “conservatism” synonymous in the minds of many, the United States has always had an active, vibrant, and influential religious Left. In every period of our history, people of faith have envisioned a society of peace and justice, and their tireless efforts have made an indelible mark on our nation’s history.

 

In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan challenges simple distinctions between “religious” and “secular” activism, showing that religious beliefs and practices have been integral to every movement promoting liberty, equality, and solidarity. From Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the nineteenth century to Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., and Starhawk in the twentieth, American radicals have maintained a deep faith in the human capacity to transform the world. This radical faith has always been intertwined with the religious practices of Christians and Jews, pagans and Buddhists, orthodox believers and humanist heretics. Their vision and energies powered the social movements that have defined America’s progress: the abolition of slavery, feminism, the New Deal, civil rights, and others.

 

In this groundbreaking, definitive work, McKanan treats the histories of religion and the Left as a single history, showing that American radicalism is a continuous tradition rather than a collection of disparate movements. Emphasizing the power of encounter—encounters between whites and former slaves, between the middle classes and the immigrant masses, and among activists themselves—McKanan shows that the coming together of people of different perspectives and beliefs has been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith.

 

Offering a history of the diverse religious dimensions of radical movements from the American Revolution to the present day, Prophetic Encounters invites contemporary activists to stand proudly in a tradition of prophetic power.

"Synopsis" by , A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries, uniting those whose faith is a source of activist commitment with those whose activism is a source of faith. Offering a history of the diverse religious dimensions of radical movements from the Revolution to the present day, Prophetic Encounters invites contemporary activists to stand proudly in a tradition of prophetic power.

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