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Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>

William Schweiker

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227228.003.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Ernst Troeltsch's The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches

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Ernst Troeltsch's The Social Teachings explores ‘the Christian Ethos in its inward connection with the universal history of civilization’. This article attempts to capture the enduring importance of The Social Teachings for anyone interested in theological and ethical reflection on cultural and social life. It argues that in many ways contemporary theological ethics really cannot reject the Troeltschian legacy, even if important and profound revisions in that project are necessary. Thinkers who try to reject this legacy and rely solely on the discourse of the tradition in the name of Christian uniqueness too easily fail to grasp the real complexity of the age in which we think and live.

Keywords: theological ethics; Christian social teaching; ethical reflection; cultural life; social life; history of civilization; Christian Ethos

Article.  8037 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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