Guide to James Luther Adams Forums on Religion and Society

Download an updated descriptive guide to all twenty James Luther Adams Forums on Religion and Society, 1996–2015.

Posted December 9, 2015

New Publication: Gould Farm Reader

A new collection of diverse writings about Gould Farm, the nation’s oldest residential rehabilitation community for those with persistent mental illness, includes an essay by James Luther Adams. Learn more about 100 Years of Service Through Community: A Gould Farm Reader, ed. by Steven K. Smith and Terry Beitzel (Univ. Press of America, 2013), $29.99.

Posted September 15, 2013

New Alphabetical and Thematic Bibliographies of Adams's Work

The Journal of Unitarian Universalist History recently published a helpful new bibliography of James Luther Adams's work. Compiled in two parts by Jared A. Farley, assistant professor of political science at Ohio University–Zanesville, the bibliography offers an updated alphabetical guide to Adams's work and a thematic guide that will especially be useful to students and ministers. The Journal of Unitarian Universalist History and Dr. Farley have kindly allowed the James Luther Adams Foundation to make the bibliography available online. Download the bibliography [PDF].

The full citation is: Jared Farley, "James Luther Adams Bibliographies," Journal of Unitarian Universalist History 34 (2010/11): 91–119. [PDF; 421 KB]

Posted May 4, 2011

Books by James Luther Adams

This bibliography lists books and anthologies of essays by James Luther Adams, with links to book sellers and libraries where you can obtain a copy.

Books, collections, and monographs
The Essential James Luther Adams: Selected Essays and Addresses. Edited with introduction by George Kimmich Beach. Boston: Skinner House Books, 1998. [Amazon | AbeBooks | UUA Bookstore | Libraries] This is a sample annotation.
An Examined Faith: Social Context and Religious Commitment. Edited with introduction by George K. Beach. Boston: Beacon Press, 1991. [Amazon | AbeBooks | UUA Bookstore | Google Books | Libraries]
"James Luther Adams at 75." Edited by Herbert F. Vetter, Jr. The Unitarian Universalist Christian 32, Nos. 1-2 (1977). [Libraries]
"James Luther Adams Papers." Edited by Herbert F. Vetter, Jr. The Unitarian Universalist Christian 48, Nos. 3-4 (1993). [Libraries]
Not Without Dust and Heat: A Memoir. Chicago: Exploration Press, 1995. [Amazon | AbeBooks | Libraries]
On Being Human Religiously: Selected Essays on Religion and Society. Edited with introduction by Max L. Stackhouse. Boston: Beacon Press, 1976. [Amazon | AbeBooks | Libraries]
Paul Tillich’s Philosophy of Culture, Science, and Religion. New York: Harper & Row, 1965. [Amazon | AbeBooks | Libraries]
The Prophethood of All Believers. Edited with introduction by George K. Beach. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986. [Amazon | AbeBooks | Libraries]
Taking Time Seriously. Glencoe, Ill.: The Free Press, 1957. [Amazon | AbeBooks | Libraries]
Voluntary Associations: Socio-cultural Analyses and Theological Interpretation. Edited by J. Ronald Engel. Chicago: Exploration Press, 1986. [Amazon | AbeBooks | Libraries]

Posted August 26, 2007

The Adams Tapes

A series of films about the church and the Nazis, based on newly processed home movies, never shown before, of Germany's most prominent Christian leaders of the 1930s. James Luther Adams, professor emeritus of Christian ethics, and George Huntston Williams, professor emeritus of church history, recount their personal remembrances of these influential leaders and discuss the dynamics of that turbulent period.

The films are available in DVD or VHS format. See below for details.

No Authority but from God - Volume 1 (28 minutes)
Personal reflections of both pro-Nazi and anti-Nazi church leaders. Includes Martin Niemöller, Reichbishop Ludwig Muller, Rudolf Bultmann, Karl Barth, and underground Confessing Church ministers and seminarians.
Religion Under Hitler - Volume 2 (26 minutes)
Germany's churches in the 1930s. The responses of Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists, and Liberals to the rise of Hitler; analyses of how Hitler appealed to religious people; why the churches did not resist more; and what would have been an adequate theology.
Liberalism and the Barmen Declaration in Nazi Germany - Volume 3 (26 minutes)
The use of concepts of natural law by Liberals and Catholics and of confessional theology by Protestant Neo-Orthodox thinkers to resist Nazi ideology. The multiple definitions of "liberalism" — biblical, theological, political, and economic.


Order all three films on DVD for a donation of $45. Write to Jim Stillman, 270 Arborway, Boston MA 02130, email , or call (617) 524-2387.


Order all three films on VHS videocassette for a donation of $100. Write to JLA Foundation, c/o Stephen Mott, 11 Miller Road, Beverly MA 01915, email , or call (978) 927-0216.

Posted February 12, 2007