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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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Alternative Conceptual Themes

Alternative Conceptual Themes

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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought


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This chapter initiates the book's constructive task by developing alternative philosophical, theological, and moral themes to those offered by late liberalism. The first section uses Herman Dooyeweerd's concept of sphere sovereignty to examine the relation between nature and history as two related spheres of human activity. It is argued, however, that this philosophical concept has severe limitations which must be corrected by employing theological themes. The second section uses the work of Oliver O'Donovan to develop the theological themes of a vindicated created order, relation between providence and eschatology, and dominion and stewardship. The third section, drawing upon the work of George Grant, develops a series of moral themes regarding the family as a form of human association. These themes include the household as a place of timely belonging within the temporal confines of created order, an unfolding and enfolding familial love that orients family members toward broader forms of human association, and the teleological ordering of the familial association toward its destiny in Christ.

Keywords:   creation, Herman Dooyeweerd, eschatology, family, George Grant, household, Oliver O'Donovan, sphere sovereignty, stewardship, teleology

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