Biblical Ethics and Social Change

ISBN-10: 0199739374
ISBN-13: 9780199739370
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/23/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This scholarly synthesis of biblical studies and Christian social ethics is designed to provide a biblical argument for intentional institutional change on behalf of social justice. Stephen Charles Mott provides a biblical and ethical guide on ways to implement that change. The first part of the book, providing the biblical theology of intentional social change, deals with the central concepts in biblical and theological ethics: grace, evil, love, justice, and the Reign of God. Christian social change must be rooted not only in justice, but in the grace received through the death and resurrection of Christ. The second part evaluates ethical and theological methods for carrying out that intentional social change. It offers a study of evangelism, counter community, civil disobedience, armed revolution, and political reform. It shows the contribution of each as well as the strong limitations of each used in isolation. A recurring theme of the book is the scriptural insistence on the priority of justice as taking upon oneself the cause of the oppressed. Justice is understood on bringing back into the community those who are near to falling out of it. Political authority has a vital role in social change for justice. It is essential that a Christian use all available and legitimate means of meeting basic needs by providing for all what is essential for inclusion in society. In this revised edition, Mott updates the contemporary illustrations and includes his own further reflections in the last thirty years on this topic.

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
A Biblical Theology of Social Involvement
Biblical Faith and the Reality of Social Evil
God's Grace and Our Action
Love and Society
God's Justice and Ours
The Long March of God
Paths to Justice
Evangelism
The Church as Countercommunity
Strategic Noncooperation
After All Else-Then Arms?
Creative Reform through Politics
Notes
Index of Biblical References
Index of Authors
Index of Subjects

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