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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought$
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Brent Waters

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271962.001.0001

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Retrospect and Prospect

Retrospect and Prospect

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(p.131) 4 Retrospect and Prospect
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The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought
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BRENT WATERS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271962.003.0004

This chapter summarizes the analyses and criticisms of the preceding chapters, and identifies the key themes to be developed in the following chapters. The chief argument to be developed in subsequent chapters is that the failure of late liberalism to adequately preserve the nature of the familial association is the result of an inadequate theoretical account of social and political ordering. To correct this inadequacy, the following chapters develop a theological and teleological account of the family, and its normative implications for the tasks of social and political ordering.

Keywords:   family, liberalism, political ordering, social ordering, teleology, theology

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