Anglican Social Theology
Renewing the Vision Today
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In periods of recession, churches frequently respond to social need in practical ways. These responses are often driven by pastoral concern rather than a theology of church and society. But without theological roots, such social action can be vulnerable and episodic. This volume, commissioned by a group of Bishops in hard-hit dioceses, looks to develop strong theological foundations for local social action initiatives by churches, especially for activists who are not familiar with the Church of England's tradition of social theology, developed by William Temple and others a century ago. In exploring what a renewed Anglican social theology might look like, this also draws on the impact of Catholic Social Teaching and focuses on the core topics of multiculturalism, economics, family patterns, ecology and other key issues.
“This is a book whose time has come… This book is important for those who wish to explore how and why Christians should be involved with food banks, debt relief and credit unions. It also plots questions as to the theological basis of Christian response to issues of climate change and environmental preservation. Over issues such as immigration or child poverty it provides theological background that goes beyond the pastoral imperative to the nature of God.” -- John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds
“If you want to know what are the theological underpinnings for the Church of England’s approach to social witness, then start here and join the search. It will be demanding, illuminating and worthwhile… This collection of essays scopes the territory for us and offers the opportunity both to build on and learn from those who have laboured before us… This collection does not offer the answers but it certainly gives us plenty of fuel with which to begin the task.” -- Dr Philip Giddings, Chair of the General Synod House of Laity
“Written by five theological heavyweights, Anglican Social Theology Today explains the origins, development, interactions and promise of recent Anglican thinking on social, political and economic issues of significance… This book is not so crass as to offer any ‘solutions’ to such deep-rooted problems, but it does and will make a vital contribution to how we think about them.” -- Nick Spencer, Research Director, Theos think tank
“This is just the right moment for this collection of essays to appear. The Church is increasingly coming to terms with the plural nature of public debate and secular society is increasingly acknowledging that faith will continue to be one of the voices in the public square.” -- Dr Helen Cameron, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology and Head of Public Affairs, The Salvation Army
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