TITLE

RONALD PRESTON, WILLIAM TEMPLE,AND THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIAN POLITICS

AUTHOR(S)
Chapman, Mark D.
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
Studies in Christian Ethics;2004, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p162
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses Ronald Preston's understanding of William Temple and the relationships between the two thinkers. It shows how both develop a theology of Christian realism which places great emphasis on the autonomy of the social sciences and the importance of economic expertise. Questions are raised about the appropriateness of this method, as well as their understanding of the state as an order of creation: these can easily lead to the reduction of the sphere of political morality and its substitution with a form of technical rationality. After a brief discussion of the cult of the expert and the manager in contemporary British politics, and the limitation of political action through the rhetoric of ‘there is no alternative’, the article concludes by calling for a remoralisation of political life against an economic reductionism which threatens to remove ethics from politics altogether.
ACCESSION #
14202826

 

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