The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought

Hardcover | July 19, 2007

byBrent Waters

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Brent Waters examines the historical roots and contemporary implications of the virtual disappearance of the family in late liberal and Christian social and political thought. Waters argues that the principal cause of this disappearance is late liberalism's fixation on individual autonomy,which renders familial bonds unintelligible. He traces the history of this emphasis, from its origin in Hobbes and Locke, through Kant, to such contemporary theorists as Rawls and Okin. In response, Waters offers an alternative normative account of the family's role in social and political ordering,drawing upon the work of Althusius, Grotius, Dooyeweerd, and O'Donovan.

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Brent Waters examines the historical roots and contemporary implications of the virtual disappearance of the family in late liberal and Christian social and political thought. Waters argues that the principal cause of this disappearance is late liberalism's fixation on individual autonomy,which renders familial bonds unintelligible. He...

Brent Waters is Director, The Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values, and Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:July 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199271968

ISBN - 13:9780199271962

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Table of Contents

1. Biblical and Historical Sources2. Modern Liberalism and its Critics3. Late Liberalism and Contemporary Christian Thought4. Retrospect and Prospect5. Alternative Conceptual Themes6. The Teleological Ordering of the Family7. The Church and the Family8. The Family, the Church, and Civil Ordering