- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
T. S. Eliot once commented that Matthew Arnold ‘set up Culture in the place of Religion, and...[left] Religion to be laid waste by the anarchy of feeling’. His observation prompts us to consider whether Arnold, the quintessential Victorian, was also the prototypical modern who, unable to muster belief in the biblical God, embraces culture as a faith substitute. And that consideration certainly can lead to the larger questions of what is culture and how Christianity ought to be disposed toward it. This article is concerned with answering these latter questions. Even if Eliot was correct that Arnold made culture, and duty to it, stand for religion, the great Victorian was sufficiently sympathetic to the spirit of historic Christianity that his vision of culture was neither atheistic nor thoroughly secularist. He was a transitional figure from whom we can learn a lot about the late modern context of our discussion.
Vigen Guroian is Professor of Theology at Loyola College in Maryland.
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