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In the World, But Not of the World Christian Social Thinking at the End of the Twentieth Century

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-14
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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In the World, But Not of the World explores the threefold tension among Alasdair MacIntyre's prognosis for Western society; the desires of some for a social transformation with a Christian moral vision at the sacred centre; and a "baptist" understanding of Christianity as essentially voluntary, non-sacralist discipleship. Andrew Fitz-Gibbon uses five contemporary Christian social thinkers, from different traditions, as conversation partners. Through his examination of these thinkers, Fitz-Gibbon explores how the church may continue to truthfully narrate the Christian story in the midst of the moral tensions of late-capitalist Western society. His creative conclusion is that the church at the beginning of the twenty-first century can move toward a resolution of the central tension of "being in the world,but not of the world" through a synthesis of the believers' church tradition and an affirmation of communitarian liberal democracy.

Author Biography

Andrew Fitz-Gibbon is an adjunct professor at Trinity College and Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana, and a Visiting Scholar in the Religious Studies Program at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
The Continuing Saga of Christian Social Thinking
Christian Social Theory and the Telling of Stories
A Truthful Tale of Messianic Community
John Howard Yoder
A Retelling of Protestant Neo-Orthodoxy
Lesslie Newbigin
A Magisterial Story of Polish Catholicism
Pope John Paul II
Creating a Narrative for American Popular Conservatism
Pat Robertson
A Narration of the Catholic Whig Tradition
Michael Novak
Toward a Resolution of the Central Tension of Christian Social Thinking
Appendix A: Thesis Diagrammatically Displayed 229(2)
Appendix B: Threefold Tension of the Study 231(2)
Bibliography 233(24)
Index 257(10)
About the Author 267

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