James Luther Adams

(American, 1901–1994)
  • George Kimmich Beach
Part of the Radical Theologies and Philosophies book series (RADT)


James Luther Adams is a theologian, social ethicist, Unitarian Universalist pastor who is best known as an important interpreter and translator of Paul Tillich’s ideas, and as a teacher of social ethics who accented the essential role of voluntary associations in the creation and maintenance of democratic societies. This chapter presents Adams’s ideas and introduces key works for further study.

Works Cited

  1. Adams, James. 1968. Voluntary Associations. Ed. J. Engel. Chicago: Exploration.Google Scholar
  2. ———. 1977. On Being Human Religiously. Ed. M. Stackhouse. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
  3. ———. 1986. The Prophethood of All Believers. Ed. G. Beach. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
  4. ———. 1991. An Examined Faith. Ed. G. Beach. Boston: Beacon.Google Scholar
  5. ———. 1995. Not Without Dust and Heat. Chicago: Exploration.Google Scholar
  6. ———. 1998. The Essential James Luther Adams. Ed. G. Beach. Boston: Skinner House.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Kimmich Beach
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  1. 1.IndependentMadison CountyUSA

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