- 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
In Christian thought and practice, tradition serves to link present life and witness of the Church to the original witness of the Apostles. It is something like a bridge thrown across the chasm of time. The question is whether or not the connection forged in fact connects the present life and teaching of the Church to the original witness to Jesus in a way that is faithful. To put the matter in another way, in Christian thought the question addressed by the notion of tradition is how the Church is to remain faithful to the original witness of the Apostles and at the same time address in a cogent way the changes and chances of history. This article discusses the content of tradition, the processes by which tradition is to be passed on, tradition embedded in practice, and tradition as generative matrix.
Philip Turner is Dean, the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (retired).
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