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date: 28 November 2020

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Ernst Troeltsch's The Social Teachings explores ‘the Christian Ethos in its inward connection with the universal history of civilization’. This article attempts to capture the enduring importance of The Social Teachings for anyone interested in theological and ethical reflection on cultural and social life. It argues that in many ways contemporary theological ethics really cannot reject the Troeltschian legacy, even if important and profound revisions in that project are necessary. Thinkers who try to reject this legacy and rely solely on the discourse of the tradition in the name of Christian uniqueness too easily fail to grasp the real complexity of the age in which we think and live.

Keywords: theological ethics, Christian social teaching, ethical reflection, cultural life, social life, history of civilization, Christian Ethos

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