Renowned theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether analyzes the ways the Christian church has historically interacted with powerful social systems such as patriarchy, racism, slavery, and environmentalism, while looking critically at how the church shapes these systems today. With a focus on the United States, Christianity and Social Systems provides an introductory analysis of the interactions between the churches and major systems that have shaped western Christian and post-Christian society.
Rosemary Radford Ruether is Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology Emerita, Graduate Theological Union, and visiting scholar, Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology. She is the author of numerous books, including Integrating Ecofeminism, Globalization, and World Religion.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Social Systems: Orders of Creation or Demonic Powers? Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Models of Church and State: Historical and Theological Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Patriarchy as a Social System Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Modernizing Patriarchy: Women, Children and Slaves Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Anti-Semitism, European Nationalism and Zionism Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Racism in the U.S.: White, Black, Red, Brown and Yellow Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Social Ideologies: Sexism, Slavery and Racism Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Political-Economic Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism, Fascism Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Economic Class in the United States Chapter 11 Chapter 10: European Colonialism: 1492-1965 Chapter 12 Chapter 11: The Global Economy: Neo-colonialism and Neo-Liberalism Chapter 13 Chapter 12: The U.S. and Global Militarism Chapter 14 Chapter 13: Nicaragua in the Caribbean and Central American Context Chapter 15 Chapter 14: The Two Koreas: Divergent Systems, Hope for Re-unification? Chapter 16 Chapter 15: South Africa: Apartheid and Beyond Chapter 17 Chapter 16: Ecology: The Context for All Social Systems Chapter 18 Chapter 17: Social Systems and the Church's Mission Chapter 19 Appendix: The Earth Charter Chapter 20 Bibliography