Anglican Social Theology
, Alan Suggate
Number of pages: 160
In periods of recession, churches frequently respond to social need in practical ways. These responses are often driven by pastoral concern rather than a theology of church and society. But without theological roots, such social action can be vulnerable and episodic.
This volume, commissioned by a group of Bishops in hard-hit dioceses, looks to develop strong theological foundations for local social action initiatives by churches, especially for activists who are not familiar with the Church of England's tradition of social theology, developed by William Temple and others a century ago. In exploring what a renewed Anglican social theology might look like, this also draws on the impact of Catholic Social Teaching and focuses on the core topics of multiculturalism, economics, family patterns, ecology and other key issues.
Malcolm Brown is Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. He was formerly Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course within the Cambridge Theological Federation, having previously spent ten years as Executive Secretary of the William Temple Foundation in Manchester. His early ministry was as a parish priest and industrial missioner in Kent and Southampton. He is author of a number of books including, After the Market (Peter Lang), The Church and Economic Life, co-authored with Paul Ballard (Epworth) and Tensions in Christian Ethics (SPCK).