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The Goodness of God

Theology, the Church, and Social Order

by D. Stephen Long

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

336 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.67 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781556356759
  • Published: January 2008

$39.00 / £29.00 / AU$58.00


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Stephen Long opens his erudite discussion of theology and ethics with the insistence that moral critique must emerge from a particular location, rather than from the fluid values of any "neutral" observer. Long sets out to put theology and ethics--as well as the church--in proper relation to one another. Ethics must be based in theology, not the other way around. Our "finite participation in the infinite makes possible participation in a goodness beyond us." That goodness comes to us in the flesh of Jesus Christ, and the church is indispensable in drawing all people toward God's goodness. The church, a social ethic in itself, gives purpose and order to other social institutions, including family, government, and the market.

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