The Ethics of Community
May 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Moral and Scriptural Foundations.
Scripture and the Ethics of Community.
Scripture and Community.
2. Historical Experiments in Community: Europe.
Community in the Monastic Tradition.
Calvin and Geneva.
Anabaptists and Community.
3. Historical Experiments in Community: America.
The American Revolution.
The Creation of the American Republic.
From Madison to Communalism.
The Social Gospel.
The Struggle Between Individualism and Community in America Today.
4. Building A Philosophy of Community.
John Macmurray and the Philosophy of Community.
5. Political Philosophies of Society.
From Private to Public.
6. Community and Society: Difference and Engagement.
A Theology of Difference.
A Theology of Engagement.
Community for Society.
Society for Community.
7. Turning Inward to Community: The Family and The Danger of Too Much Community.
The Family as Community.
Dangers of Too Much Community.
8. Working Outward From Community: Economic Justice and International Order.
A Good and Just Society.
The Ethics of Economic Justice.
The International Order.
- The author has a lifelong interest in the ethics of community -
no one is better qualified to write this thought-provoking book
- Draws widely on theology, philosophy and the social sciences
- An important and timely contribution to the series - fills a
much needed gap in the literature.
- Written in a clear, accessible style - Kirkpatrick is able to
communicate complicated and challenging ideas in an entirely
- Balances theoretical considerations that are important in
interdisciplinary debate and practical considerations that are
significant in daily life and politics.
- Provides a usable model for ethical and theological reflection.
"This is a work of theological ethics, but one informed by
philosophy and conversant with Western history...This is a
scholarly book, written on a theoretical level and in an abstract
style for fellow scholars. It is appropriate for research libraries
in the fields of theology, philosophy, and history."
"I can see this book being used not only by students in the
academy, but also by congregational communities such as the author
defines. In this way the ethics of community will spread from the
classroom into the church community, and through both hopefully
into all of society." Reviews in Religion and Theology
"Kirkpatrick's chief strength is an understanding of the teleology that is specific to the church and how it informs the way church and society interact." Journal of Religion