Norman Thomas: Socialism and the Social Gospel

Article by Elizabeth Balanoff

Thomas’s thought, wrote one biographer, was a mixture of Christianity, anarchism and Marxism (Bernard J. Johnpoll, Pacifist’s Progress: Norman Thomas and the Decline of American Socialism, Quadrangle, 1970). The biographer might just as accurately have characterized it as an outgrowth of the 19th-century Social Gospel movement. Walter Rauschenbusch, who developed a Social Gospel theology most …

Rights and Wrongs, an Interview with Nicholas Wolterstorff

Article by Nicholas Wolterstorff

The Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff has pursued a broad range of interests, including political philosophy, aesthetics, metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. He was recently professor of philosophical theology at Yale University and before that taught for many years at his alma mater, Calvin College. He has been president of the American Philosophical Association (Central …

Socialism and Sin

Article by Bruce Douglass

Much of the political comment coming from theologians these days has a socialist flavor. I was surprised, therefore, to find a theologian arguing the case for capitalism in the editorial pages of the Washington Post (“A Closet Capitalist Confesses,” March 14, 1976). Especially was it surprising to find Michael Novak in this role, for in …

Taming the Beast

Article by Douglas A. Hicks

Book Review: The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy. By William Greider: Simon & Schuster 384 pp. Saving Adam Smith: A Tale of Wealth, Transformation, and Virtue. By Jonathon B. Wight. Financial Times/ Prentice Hall. 352 pp. In the compelling story of capitalism the protagonist is the free individual who willingly exchanges …

Will China Democratize?

Article by Franklin Woo

Professor of political science at Columbia University Andrew J. Nathan is keen on the tenacity of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to survive and stay in power, by its selective responses to the demands of certain sectors of Chinese populace and expedient reforms and relatively democratic ways within the government—all are to him, indications of …