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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought$
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Brent Waters

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271962.001.0001

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Late Liberalism and Contemporary Christian Thought

Late Liberalism and Contemporary Christian Thought

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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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This chapter examines three theological responses to the late liberal accounts of the family depicted in the preceding chapter. The first response, as seen in the works of James Nelson and Adrian Thatcher, attempts to reformulate Christian teaching on marriage and family in light of key liberal claims regarding individual fulfilment. The second response resists any changes suggested by late liberalism as reflected in the works of John Paul II and Germain Grisez. The third response, represented by such authors as Don Browning, Rodney Clapp, and David Matzko McCarthy, critically adapts selected liberal tenets — such as mutuality and reciprocity — while preserving key theological teachings on marriage and family. In each of these responses, the moral and religious significance of the relation between singleness and marriage emerges as a major theme.

Keywords:   Don Browning, Rodney Clapp, family, Germain Grisez, John Paul II, marriage, David Matzko McCarthy, James Nelson, singleness, Adrian Thatcher

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