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The American Empirical Movement in Theology


Delores Joan Rogers

This work describes the impact of the modern scientific worldview on Judaism and Christianity and the creative response of two important figures within those traditions. Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of the Reconstructionist movement within Judaism, draws from John Dewey insights helpful in making Judaism relevant to modern thinkers. Bernard Meland, of the University of Chicago, looks to William James and Alfred North Whitehead for clues to re-appropriate Christianity in the modern world.

«It carefully sets out the views of Kaplan and Meland, successfully combining historical development and constructive analysis with uncommon clarity.» (Edgar A. Towne, Christian Theological Seminary)
« deals in a very creative way with two very significant thinkers.» (Manfred Vogel, Northwestern University) «Rogers's book cuts new ground for a variety of readers. For those who prize urbane diplomacy between the worlds of science and religion, Rogers offers a fine schooling in what may be the best negotiation North America has to offer. She also has written a book valuable to specialists in empirical theology.» (William Dean, Zygon)
«This is a timely and important book. As the pendulum swings from emotionalism to reasonableness in religious thinking, it is good to have this fine introduction to an intellectually respectable theological movement that shuns religion by proxy and candidly embraces experiential approaches. Rogers's book makes us aware of the rich and diverse insights to be found in American empirical theology in all of its manifestations.» (Emanuel S. Goldsmith, Critical Review of Books in Religion)