How do we express respect for the supremacy of God in a pluralistic world? In our pluralistic world, most people do not recognize God as a real presence or part of their lives, let alone an important part of government or education or business or industry or art or recreation or entertainment. How do we express passion for God's supremecy in this context?
This article reflects on the place and function of Christian ethics in the public square. It contrasts Christian ethics with competing ethical visions of secular views in bioethics and points out the inherent difficulty in bringing Scripture (or scriptural values) into the ethical square. It concludes with an assessment of the future of Christian values within public ethics.
This article looks at the impact of freedom of choice on the promotion of abortion, as well as the role feminism plays in promoting abortion. A call is made to the church and Christians in how they should react when facing such hostility. How must we evaluate this huge focus on choice in our society today?
Social responsibility is highly regarded by many Christians today. Biblical motivation for social responsibility is often found in the Old Testament or in Jesus' teaching. This author maintains that the apostle Paul's theology also includes the concepts of justice, care for the oppressed, and care for creation.
Are problems of racial discrimination, crime, public health, housing, and similar social issuues the concern of Christianity? This article wants to indicate how any authentic teaching of the gospel and Word of God will speak to every situation of human life including social and economic problems of our day.
What is the impact of certain pre-understandings on any attempt to articulate sound biblical ethics? Socio-cultural conditioned ideas have an enormous influence on how ethics are formulated. This essay wants to explore this hermeneutical reality. The essay promotes awareness of cultural conditioning and cultural varieties.
In this article, the author gives a critical evaluation of what he calls Ellulism—the theology and politics of Jacques Ellul. The focus of this article is to bring into view what the author views as flaws through an exposure of its exegetical shortcomings, and to reveal its political and philosophical inadequacies by tracing its ideological roots back to their source.
This paper reflects upon Christian social concern and action. Its focus is on the theme of eschatology and social concern. The author first deals with tensions in different views on eternal life and the return of Christ. He traces the apostle Paul's concern in Romans and 1 Corinthians regarding the correlation between eschatology and social involvement.
What is the Church's primary calling and mission?
The gospel has important social dimensions. In this essay the author wants to show the considerations in the social and political thinking of evangelicals in times past. Wilberforce and Shaftesbury are remembered as some of the outstanding examples of a biblical Christianity that was prepared to take on the challenge of social reform.
Public policy and faith are often difficult to relate. This essay wants to help construct a biblically informed perspective on matters of public policy as it relates to labour, poverty, and wealth. It offers an analysis of the book of James with attention to passages that deal with the rich and the poor and examines the implications of these Christian public ethics.
Interest in the prophetic can be commended. At the same time, however, the prophetic books can and should orient us in important areas of our existence and faith, areas which often has been overlooked. One example is our social ethics. It is ironic that evangelical Christians who are committed to a high view of the authority of the Scripture, have not given this fundamental part of the prophetic message the attention it deserve.
This article introduces a theological perspective on politics.
Lesslie Newbigin has written a few works on the concept of the gospel as public truth. This concept emphasizes the factual basis of Christianity, and encourages Christians to be confident to engage in rational public discourse with Scripture as their basis. This article tries to envisage what Newbigin's proposal might mean. Criticism, questions and suggestions for modification of Newbigin's work are given with the intention of carrying the program forward.
This is the first chapter of Christian Political Ethics. This book discusses such things as the Christian's relationship to government and civil society, the relationship between state and society, and the Christian's civic responsibility. In this chapter the author looks at the Christian perspective on civil society.