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Before and Beyond the 'Big Society': John Milbank and the Church of England's Approach to Welfare (Paperback)

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John Milbank's theology has

shaped much modern political thinking both within and without the Church. In Before

and Beyond the 'Big Society', Joseph Forde presents the first study devoted

exclusively to John Milbank's theology of welfare, and how it has influenced

policy in the Church of England since 2008.

By examining the favourable response the Church gave to the 'Big

Society' project in 2010-12, Forde shows that Milbank's Blue Socialist

fingerprint increasingly dominates.

However, this theology has

not evolved in a vacuum and Forde expertly places it in its historical and

theoretical context. He offers a detailed critical discussion of Milbank's own

critique of what has been the mainstream (Temple) Anglican theology of welfare

in the Church of England since the 1940s, and a fresh contribution to the

assessment of Anglican social theology. Finally, he demonstrates how Milbank's

ideas have been furthered by other influential Anglicans. It is this influence

that will carry the greatest implications for the Church of England's policy on

welfare going forward, making this study relevant to all who care about its

contribution to the provision of welfare.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian institutions & organizationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian life & practiceReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian theologyReligion & BeliefsReligion: general Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 25/08/2022 ISBN-13: 9780227177778  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dr Joseph Forde is Honorary Research Fellow in Historical Theology at the Urban Theology Union, Sheffield. After working for twenty-six years in NHS management, he gained a PhD in Theology from the University of Manchester. He is Chair of Sheffield's Church Action on Poverty.

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