Magazine article The Christian Century

Max L. Stackhouse

Magazine article The Christian Century

Max L. Stackhouse

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Max L. Stackhouse, an influential theologian and social ethicist, died at the age of 80 at his home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on January 30.


Stackhouse taught at Andover Newton Theological School for nearly 30 years, and then at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1993 to 2006. He was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and had served as president of the American Theological Society and the Society for Christian Ethics.

He authored or edited 25 books, including On Moral Business and God and Globalization.

Stackhouse was an editor at large for the Christian Century and wrote many articles for the magazine, including a 2011 essay in the "How my mind has changed" series.

In 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he and Dennis P. McCann wrote for the Century "A postcommunist manifesto," which situated Marxism in relation to the social gospel, liberation theologies, and other Christian perspectives. Public theology after the collapse of communism, they wrote, "must develop a social ethic for the emerging world in which democracy, human rights, and a mixed economy are acknowledged as universal necessities. …

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