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Christian Political Ethics brings together leading Christian scholars of diverse theological and ethical perspectives--Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anabaptist--to address fundamental questions of state and civil society, international law and relations, the role of the nation, and issues of violence and its containment. Representing a unique fusion of faith-centered ethics and social science, the contributors bring into dialogue their own varying Christian understandings with a range of both secular ethical thought and other religious viewpoints from Judaism, Islam, and Confucianism. They explore divergent Christian views of state and society--and the limits of each. They grapple with the tensions that can arise within Christianity over questions of patriotism, civic duty, and loyalty to one's nation, and they examine Christian responses to pluralism and relativism, globalization, and war and peace. Revealing the striking pluralism inherent to Christianity itself, this pioneering volume recasts the meanings of Christian citizenship and civic responsibility, and raises compelling new questions about civil disobedience, global justice, and Christian justifications for waging war as well as spreading world peace. It brings Christian political ethics out of the churches and seminaries to engage with today's most vexing and complex social issues.

The contributors are Michael Banner, Nigel Biggar, Joseph Boyle, Michael G. Cartwright, John A. Coleman, S.J., John Finnis, Theodore J. Koontz, David Little, Richard B. Miller, James W. Skillen, and Max L. Stackhouse.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. John A. Coleman, S.J.
  3. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. PART I: STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. One: Christianity and Civil Society
  2. Michael Banner
  3. pp. 3-21
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  1. Two: A Limited State and a Vibrant Society: Christianity and Civil Society
  2. John A. Coleman, S.J.
  3. pp. 22-53
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  1. Three: Christianity, Civil Society, and the State: A Protestant Response
  2. Max L. Stackhouse
  3. pp. 54-64
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  1. PART II: BOUNDARIES AND JUSTICE
  2. pp. 65-66
  1. Four: Christian Attitudes toward Boundaries: Metaphysical and Geographical
  2. Richard B. Miller
  3. pp. 67-91
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  1. Five: The Value of Limited Loyalty: Christianity, the Nation, and Territorial Boundaries
  2. Nigel Biggar
  3. pp. 92-110
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  1. PART III: PLURALISM
  2. pp. 111-112
  1. Six: Conscientious Individualism: A Christian Perspective on Ethical Pluralism
  2. David Little
  3. pp. 113-140
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  1. Seven: Pluralism as a Matter of Principle
  2. James W. Skillen
  3. pp. 141-152
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  1. PART IV: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. Eight: Christianity and the Prospects for a New Global Order
  2. Max L. Stackhouse
  3. pp. 155-169
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  1. Nine: Globalization and Catholic Social Thought: Mutual Challenges
  2. John A. Coleman, S.J.
  3. pp. 170-188
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  1. PART V: WAR AND PEACE
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. Ten: The Ethics of War and Peace in the Catholic Natural Law Tradition
  2. John Finnis
  3. pp. 191-216
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  1. Eleven: Just War Thinking in Catholic Natural Law
  2. Joseph Boyle
  3. pp. 217-231
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  1. Twelve: Christian Nonviolence: An Interpretation
  2. Theodore J. Koontz
  3. pp. 232-260
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  1. Thirteen: Conflicting Interpretations of Christian Pacifism
  2. Michael G. Cartwright
  3. pp. 261-278
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-289
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400828098
Print ISBN
9780691134819
MARC Record
OCLC
368381441
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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