Catholic Social Teaching: A Guide for the Perplexed

Catholic Social Teaching: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Anna Rowlands offers a guide to the main time periods, key figures, documents and themes of thinking developed as Catholic Social Teaching (CST). A wealth of material has been produced by the Catholic Church during its long history which considers the implications of scripture, doctrine and natural law for the way these elements live together in community - most particularly in the tradition of social encyclicals dating from 1891. Rowlands takes a fresh approach in weaving overviews of the central principles with case studies which relate to contemporary social policy themes, and by considering the increasingly critical questions concerning the role of CST in a pluralist and post-secular context. As such this book offers both an incisive overview of this distinctive body of Catholic political theology and a new and challenging contribution to the debate about the transformative potential of CST in contemporary society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0567242730
  • 9780567242730
  • 1,468,787

Table of contents

Part One: What is CST?
1. Historical Context and Emergence of CST
2. Overview of Main Sources, Themes and Principles
3. Catholic Social Teaching in a Plural Context
Part Two: A Catholic Theory of Society? Principles and Practices
4. Human Dignity and Authentic Human Development
5. The Common Good
6. Solidarity
7. Subsidiarity
8. The Universal Destination of Goods and Option for the Poor

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About Anna Rowlands

Anna Rowlands is a Political, Moral and Practical Theologian based at King's College, London, UK. Her research focuses on the practical and intellectual development of Catholic social thought, with particular interest in ethical responses to contemporary migration, theological responses to the recent financial crisis and reflection on the nature of political authority and the political vocation.
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