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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

Brent Waters

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199271962
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191709883 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271962.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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The book provides a critical and constructive overview of historic and contemporary themes on the family in Christian social and political thought. The principal historic sources examined include Greco-Roman and biblical texts, patristic and medieval literature, and selected Reformation, Puritan, and 19th century authors. The development of modern liberal thought on marriage and family is subjected to extensive scrutiny by surveying the works of some of its leading founders, proponents, and contemporary critics, including a range of Christian theological responses. The chief weakness of late liberalism is that it promotes a voluntaristic vision of civil society, which portrays human associations solely as the outcome of the corporate will of autonomous individuals. The central constructive argument of the book is that such a vision has effectively eroded an understanding of the family as the most basic and natural form of human association, thereby diminishing contemporary Christian social and political thought. In order to rectify this situation, the philosophical and ideological presuppositions of late liberalism is subjected to critical analysis regarding its understanding of the nature of human associations in general, and the familial association in particular. Building upon this analysis, an alternative set of philosophical, theological, and moral presuppositions are developed, which provide the basis for developing a normative account of the family in opposition to that offered by late liberalism. This alternative account in turn may be used to inform contemporary Christian social and political thought.

Keywords: civil society; family; human associations; liberalism; marriage; moral theory; political theory; social theory; theology

Book.  336 pages. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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<b>Biblical and Historical Sources</b> in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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Modern Liberalism and its Critics in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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<b>Late Liberalism and Contemporary Christian Thought</b> in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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Retrospect and Prospect in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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Alternative Conceptual Themes in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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<b>The Teleological Ordering of the Family</b> in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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<b>The Church and the Family</b> in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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The Family, the Church, and Civil Ordering in The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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