- 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
Catholic social teaching is usually identified with the papal encyclicals and a few Vatican II documents, beginning with Leo XIII's great encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891) and climaxing in the encyclical of John Paul II Centesimus Annus (1991). This article begins with a discussion on the ‘theopolitics’ of the encyclicals. It then considers some of the encyclicals dealing with family. These encyclicals are not solely (or perhaps even primarily) about the controversial issues of birth control and the nature of the family; rather, they help us see that Catholic social teaching must be interpreted as the ongoing attempt by the Church to respond to the challenge of social orders built on the assumption that we can live as if God does not exist.
Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, He was named ‘America’s Best Theologian’ by Time magazine in 2001, holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, and delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St Andrews in 2001. His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century. More recently he has authored Matthew: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (2006) and The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God (2007).
Jana Bennett is Assistant Professor of Theology at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia.
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