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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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The Church and the Family

The Church and the Family

(p.230) 7 The Church and the Family
The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

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This chapter examines the inherent tension between the church as eschatological witness and the family as providential witness. It is argued, however, that the distinctive and complementary nature of each respective witness — as disclosed in the vocations of singleness and marriage — applies this tension in a constrictive manner. The principal indicators of this tension are identified in an overview of the eschatological witness of the church, followed by discussions which argue that the church is not a family, and the family is not a church.

Keywords:   ecclesiology, eschatology, marriage, providence, singleness, vocation, witness

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