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Christianity And The Social Order (Ng Kam Weng) 9786299769101


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Tensions between various ethnic and religious communities arising from conflicting moral values and economic interests are an ever-present threat to the stability of contemporary plural societies. It is impossible for the church to ignore these tensions, simply because its members come from these conflicting communities. The church may be tempted to insulate itself from these tensions, but doing so would render her irrelevant to common society. Instead, the church has a duty to build bridges across communal divides and work towards the common good of society.

This book draws theological insights from the Christian tradition to provide moral discernment and guidance for the church in its engagement with society. The significance of three theological themes are highlighted. First, the Christian understanding of common grace challenges Christians to forge alliances with fellow citizens across communal divides to foster broad-based social renewal movements to preserve the integrity and autonomy of democratic institutions against abusive authorities. Second, the Christian understanding that all humans are created in the image of God envisages a social order which provides equal justice and human rights to all citizens regardless of race or religion. Finally, Christians are able to provide distinctive contributions to social engagement based on an identity that is fundamentally defined by their relationship with Jesus Christ and by their shared membership in God’s covenant community. In particular, the church, as God’s covenant community, is uniquely able to nurture Christians to become morally robust citizens who are committed to building moral consensus and to work for the betterment of common society.

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Author:Ng Kam Weng
Publisher:Kairos Reserch Centre
Size:21 cm x 14.8 cm

He is Research Director of Kairos Research Centre. After his doctoral studies at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, he lectured on New Testament, Systematic Theology, Ethics and Philosophy, and served as Dean of Graduate School at the Malaysia Bible Seminary before assuming his current position at Kairos Research Centre. He was a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (CSCA) at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. He is also a member of the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, and is with the Faculty of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program offered by the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, Oxford, United Kingdom.


Chapter 1: Sojourners in Mission at the Margins of Modern Society
Chapter 2: Modernity in Malaysia: Challenges and Opportunities
Chapter 3: Paul’s Teaching on Social Identity and the Formation of the Church
Chapter 4: Moral Formation of the Church: A Socio-theological Inquiry
Chapter 5: Spirit and Kingdom: Power and Manifestation in Mission
Chapter 6: Augustinian Spiritual Discernment in Turbulent Times
Chapter 7: Sociality of Christ and Solidarity with the World: Bonhoefferian Perspectives
Chapter 8: Hermeneutics of A Christ-Formed Contrast Community
Chapter 9: Creeds and Consensus in a Plural Socirty
Chapter 10: Covenant Politics and Pluralist Democracy for a New Asia
Chapter 11: Going Public with Lesslie Newbigin: Public Theology and Social Engagement in an Islamic Context
Chapter 12: Social Seperation ot Engagement? The Debate between Two Kingdoms and Neo-Calvinist Theology
Chapter 13: The Image of God, Human Dignity and Vocation
Chapter 14: Human Dignity, Sociality and Religious Liberty
Chapter 15: Human Rights and Asian Values
Appendix: Creation Care and Cultural Renewal


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