Christian Community and American Society Author:Waldo Beach When critics from inside or outside the gates call America a "sick society" and is "essentially healthy... and is getting healthier," what criterion of health do they have in mind? What is the crucial evidence: the gross national product or the assassination of the Kennedys? What makes for the "goodness" of good community? How shall we judge... more » the moral quality of the American way of life?
For answers, Dr. Beach engages the Christian theologian wit hthe social sciences in open dialogue. Thus, the early chapter of this book spell out the answer as understood in the classic Christian tradition, now being recovered in the ecumenical movement. Its theological roots and its ethical flower are found in the phrase "responsible love." This means that " Christian love, responsible to God for neighbor, is the bond of authentic community."
The middle chapters take a close look at the descriptions and profiles of American society interpreted by the social scientist. There are striking parallels and contrasts between the Christian understanding of the terms of community and the values of the good society taken as normative by the leading social analysts. Anomie, alienation, anonymity: these are key terms...and they take their deepest meaning from the Christian view of man in community.« less