James Luther Adams

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James Luther Adams

Christian socialism

From 1931 to 1948 Reinhold Niebuhr presided over the Fellowship of Socialist Christians , which published Radical Religion, changing its name to Christianity and Society in 1940.

By this time Niebuhr was voting for Roosevelt. Torn between a Socialist Party USA that was pacifist and "the nightmare of tyranny in Russia," Niebuhr led the move to dissolve the FSC into the Frontier Fellowship in 1948. He left behind such "distinguished disciples and believers" as John G. Bennett, Robert McAfee Brown, Georgia Harkness, Roger Shinn, James Luther Adams, and Paul Abrecht. Up to and during those years, religious socialism was an almost exclusively Protestant phenomenon. [1]

DSOC Religious Commission

In 1977, John Cort attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee convention in Chicago. At the convention Cort and others organized a DSOC Religion and Socialism Committee (later Commission). Cort was elected coordinator and editor of the newsletter.

Among early leaders, co-editors and contributors to the newsletter were Peter Steinfels, Sister Mary Emil, Rosemary Ruether, Harvey Cox, Cornel West, Arthur Waskow, Joe Holland, James Luther Adams, Jim Gorman, Maxine Phillips and Jim Wallis. Monsignor George Higgins was also a contributor.[2]


  1. Dem. Left Millennium issue, part 2, 1999, page 36.
  2. Dreadful conversions: the making of a Catholic socialist, By John C. Cort, page 319