Biblical Ethics and Social Change

Paperback | April 6, 2011

byStephen Mott

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This scholarly synthesis of biblical studies and Christian social ethics is designed to provide a biblical argument for intentional institutional change on behalf of social justice. Stephen Charles Mott provides a biblical and ethical guide on ways to implement that change.The first part of the book, providing the biblical theology of intentional social change, deals with the central concepts in biblical and theological ethics: grace, evil, love, justice, and the Reign of God. Christian social change must be rooted not only in justice, but in the grace receivedthrough the death and resurrection of Christ. The second part evaluates ethical and theological methods for carrying out that intentional social change. It offers a study of evangelism, counter community, civil disobedience, armed revolution, and political reform. It shows the contribution of each as well as the strong limitations of each usedin isolation.A recurring theme of the book is the scriptural insistence on the priority of justice as taking upon oneself the cause of the oppressed. Justice is understood on bringing back into the community those who are near to falling out of it. Political authority has a vital role in social change forjustice. It is essential that a Christian use all available and legitimate means of meeting basic needs by providing for all what is essential for inclusion in society.In this revised edition, Mott updates the contemporary illustrations and includes his own further reflections in the last thirty years on this topic.

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This scholarly synthesis of biblical studies and Christian social ethics is designed to provide a biblical argument for intentional institutional change on behalf of social justice. Stephen Charles Mott provides a biblical and ethical guide on ways to implement that change.The first part of the book, providing the biblical theology of ...

Stephen Mott was Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for twenty-five years.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:April 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199739374

ISBN - 13:9780199739370

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AbbreviationsPart I: A Bbiblical Theology of Social Involvement1. Biblical Faith and the Reality of Social Evil2. God's Grace and Our Action3. Love and Society4. God's Justice and Ours5. The Long March of GodPart II: Paths to Justice6. Evangelism7. The Church as Counter-Community8. Strategic Noncooperation9. After All Else - Then Arms?10. Creative Reform through PoliticsNotesIndices

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"A masterpiece of Christian social concern....Excellent balance and broad scope....Should become a leading text on Christian social ethics." --David O. Moberg, Marquette University