Theological Foundations for Social Ethics

Randolph A. Nelson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1984

Issue: Public Theology and Ministry (Vol. 4, No 3, Summer, 1984)

Within the last several years Christians have been challenged by any number of social issues, each one with its own sense of urgency and importance. Racism, sexism, war and peace, economics, human rights, homosexuality—to name only a few—are among many issues that have confronted the Christian community. Claims that are made are many and diverse, and the search for clarity on any particular issue is difficult and complex. Often there appears to be uncertainty about where to begin and what to do. On what basis are positions to be taken, and toward what end is action to be directed?

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