The Church in Society


in F. D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263172
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602825 | DOI:

Series: Christian Theology in Context

The Church in Society

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Carries forward the foregoing analysis of Maurice’s ecclesiological and political theory into the appearance of ‘Christian Socialism’ at the end of the 1840s. After a brief chronological account of the movement, it concentrates on three features—the sources and early expressions of Maurice’s social theology, Maurice’s interest in local political and social activism (the specific context of mid-nineteenth century London is particularly relevant here), and the later transformation of Maurice’s argument from a specifically Anglican view to one of far wider application. Emphasizes the situation of Christian Socialism within Maurice’s general ecclesiological perspective, including a theological anthropology based on communion with God, and its significance as part of his attempt to consolidate the position of Anglicanism and its defence of social and political order.

Keywords: anthropology; Christian Socialism; communion; locality; social theology; socialism

Chapter.  14208 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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