An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought

By: Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

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Michael Hornsby-Smith offers an overview of Catholic social thought particularly in recent decades. While drawing on official teaching such as papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops' conferences, he takes seriously the need for dialogue with secular thought. The book is organized in four stages. Part I outlines the variety of domestic and international injustices and seeks to offer a social analysis of the causes of these injustices. Part II offers a theological reflection on the characteristics of the kingdom of God which Christians are urged to seek. Part III reviews Catholic social thought in six main areas: human rights, the family and bioethical issues, economic life, social exclusion, authentic development, and war and peace. Part IV completes the cycle with a consideration of appropriate social action responses to the injustices which the author has identified and analysed. • Reviews development of both official and non-official Catholic social thought • Draws attention to the need for both a social analysis of the causes of injustice and a theological reflection to underpin social action • The emphasis on social analysis is unique to this book Contents Part I. Social Reality and Social Analysis: 1. Introduction; 2. Capitalism in a global context; Part II. Theological Resources: 3. The kingdom of God; 4. Christian citizenship; 5. Catholic social thought; Part III. Justice Issues: 6. Human rights; 7. The family; 8. Economic life; 9. Social exclusion; 10. Authentic development; 11. War and peace; Part IV. Action Responses: 12. Catholic responses to injustices; Appendix 1: Selected campaigning organisations. Printed Pages: 402 with 7 tables and 1 figure.

Title: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought

Author Name: Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

Categories: Christianity, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 2006

ISBN: 0521863392

ISBN 13: 9780521863391

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Brand New

Jacket Condition: Brand New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 018599

Keywords: Christianity Religion