The Radical Historical Jesus in Action

David Burns

in The Life and Death of the Radical Historical Jesus

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199929504
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315963 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

The Radical Historical Jesus in Action

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This chapter discusses the early career of Bouck White, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary who became a radical socialist. White stands at the center of this chapter because his eclectic background permitted him to compose the definitive biography of the radical historical Jesus. White is also significant because he was part of a larger radical political community that entered the churches of New York in 1914 to protest economic inequality and demand social justice. This effort generated interest among laypeople in the mainline denominations dissatisfied with the response of the church to social problems, but the divines of the city were not willing to facilitate a dialogue, and the authorities began utilizing violence to suppress radicals. And a radical religious alliance that would have been tenuous under the best of circumstances remained a fleeting moment pregnant with possibilities as repression begat infighting among syndicalists, anarchists, and socialists.

Keywords: Bouck White; radical; biography; political community; New York; protest; economic inequality; church; social problems; repression

Chapter.  18127 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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