Theology as Social Ethics.

Pickering, George W. Theology as Social Ethics. American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 17:1, 7-18 (January, 1996)

George W. Pickering examines why theology as social ethics never found a stable home in the teaching departments of universities in the United States. Pickering weaves a historical narrative centered on James Luther Adams and Francis Greenwood Peabody and their efforts in reference to the Department of Social Ethics at Harvard Divinity School. Set in late 19th and early 20th centuries, it narrates the establishment of the Department of Social Ethics by Peabody, and its subsequent travails as it sought to carve out a distinct area of academic discipline. Unlike most others, claims Pickering, Peabody and Adams practiced social ethics as a mode of doing theology.