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For God and GlobeChristian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War$
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Michael G. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452727

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.001.0001

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Oxford’s Atlantic Crossing

Oxford’s Atlantic Crossing

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(p.145) Chapter 6 Oxford’s Atlantic Crossing
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For God and Globe
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Michael G. Thompson

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.003.0007

This chapter examines whether the postliberal internationalist consensus forged at Oxford was able to make an “Atlantic crossing” and take root in American soil. American delegates and organizers pursued a vigorous program of dissemination and publicity, including replica mini-conferences in American cities that discussed and digested the reports of the 1937 Oxford conference. Meanwhile, utilizing course catalogs and calendars from Union Theological Seminary where Reinhold Niebuhr and other ecumenists taught, the chapter explores how the seminary—together with the closely associated journal Christianity and Crisis—instantiated realists' embeddedness in global ecumenism. Niebuhr's realism preserved part of the Oxford consensus—its dialectical critique of nationalism—but saw another part—the primacy of church, or ecclesiology—slip from prominence.

Keywords:   postliberal internationalist consensus, 1937 Oxford conference, Union Theological Seminary, Reinhold Niebuhr, global ecumenism, realism, ecclesiology

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