Letters and Politics

Fund Drive Special – History of Socialism (Part 3/3)

We continue our series of conversations on the history of socialism, this time with Professor and author Gary Dorrien. In this episode, we discuss the American religious tradition of the social gospel and the black social gospel. These traditions would provide the intellectual underpinnings for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Guest: Gary Dorrien is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University in New York City.  An Episcopal priest, he is the author of several books and over one hundred articles that range across the fields of theology, philosophy, social theory, politics, ethics, and history. Today’s conversation is based on his book Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel.

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