Christian Faith and Social Action: A Symposium

Christian Faith and Social Action: A Symposium

Christian Faith and Social Action: A Symposium

Christian Faith and Social Action: A Symposium

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What is the relation of Christianity to society, of Christian faith to the complex problems of social policy? On this question there has been a growing interest in recent years. However, it will also not be far wrong to say that confusion has kept pace with interest. The writers of this volume disclaim any panacea for these vexing problems; indeed, it is an important aspect of the viewpoint which draws us together to assert that there are no such panaceas. But perhaps we may be permitted to express the hope that the essays we have written will make a modest contribution to the clarification of some of the urgent and complicated problems in this field.

This book of essays was first suggested at a meeting of the Frontier Fellowship in the spring of 1950. As the project went ahead, it was suggested that the essays be dedicated to Reinhold Niebuhr. Not only were many of us his students, and all of us his friends and associates, but at almost every step of writing we found ourselves face to face with his work, extensive and penetrating, in the field. Our thinking was inescapably oriented to him; why should not our book be dedicated to him? Unanimously we decided it should be. His own essay was written without the knowledge that the book was to be dedicated to him.

As it was written, each of the essays was circulated among other contributors for criticism and suggestions. The process has been stimulating to us; we can only hope that it has clarified our writing. The work of the editor has been greatly facilitated by financial assistance from the Class of 1900 Fund of Williams College, for which hearty thanks are tendered.

JOHN A. HUTCHISON

Williamstown, Massachusetts March, 1953 . . .

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