Timothy Bradshaw - Chaos Or Control?

Chaos Or Control? by Timothy Bradshaw

Tags: Contemporary Social Issues, Book, Social and Religious Issues
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Genre: Social and Religious Issues
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 79668
Product Format: Book
ISBN: 9781842276433
Pages: 368
Publisher: Paternoster Press
Content Type: General book
Cat. Code: 9781842276433

Bradshaw argues that the Church has the resources in Christ to offer modern liberal democracy an alternative to the stark choice between social chaos and social control.

Western society is in the process of undergoing profound changes in moral ethos and in the structure of relationships as more and more areas of life are commodified. The Church is now having to grapple with the challenges to its authority-patterns posed by contemporary individualism, reductionism, consumerism and moral relativism, as the fierce debates over issues of abortion and sexuality show.

This book seeks to address theologically the question of authority in terms of the poles of freedom and form. The tendency of each pole is to dominate. When 'freedom' dominates we have chaos but when 'form' dominates we have control (as exemplified in Islamic societies). Thus the choice facing the West looks like one between chaos and control.

Bradshaw argues that this is a false choice. He suggests that Christ is the form for human freedom and diversity, and that the Church has sufficient apostolic guides and practices to chart its way ahead in faith. The book maintains that Western, liberal, capitalist democracy needs to recover a Christian ethical basis to avoid the dangers of both chaos and of control.

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