Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach [NOOK Book]

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In their pursuit of social welfare, sociologists and everyday citizens alike have adopted a worldview that fails to account for both the nature of God and the depravity of humankind. Ignoring God and sin has resulted in misguided analyses and ineffective solutions to societal issues. The time has come to rethink the study of sociology as those faulty assumptions have clearly affected the discipline as a whole.

Recognizing that human relationships are derived from the triune ...

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Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach

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Overview

In their pursuit of social welfare, sociologists and everyday citizens alike have adopted a worldview that fails to account for both the nature of God and the depravity of humankind. Ignoring God and sin has resulted in misguided analyses and ineffective solutions to societal issues. The time has come to rethink the study of sociology as those faulty assumptions have clearly affected the discipline as a whole.

Recognizing that human relationships are derived from the triune relationships within the Godhead, Poythress argues that social interactions must be assessed through a biblical framework that takes seriously the problem of sin. He has thus written this compelling volume to stimulate the reconfiguration and transformation of a worldview gone awry, helping us to think rightly about fallen human relationships and our models for understanding and improving them.

Redeeming Sociology advocates a biblically informed approach based on the Trinitarian nature of God, his governance of the world, and his redemption accomplished in Christ- a model that will help to reform the field of sociology as well as the beliefs and behaviors in our own relationships.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433521324
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,426,725
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

VERN SHERIDAN POYTHRESS is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has six earned degrees, including a PhD from Harvard University and a ThD from the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of ten books, including Redeeming Science and In the Beginning Was the Word.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Relationships? 11

Introduction: Considering Personal Relationships 15

1 The Importance of Relationships 17

Part 1 God's Involvement with Relationships

2 Relationships and the Trinity 23

3 God Creating Human Beings 30

4 God's Covenants 33

5 God Sustaining Relationships 48

6 Creativity in Relationships 51

7 Exploring Examples of Relationships 57

8 The Regularities of Human Relationships 66

9 God's Rule 71

10 Responding to God's Government 88

Part 2 From Big to Small: Relationships in the Context of History

11 Small Pieces of Human Action within the Big Pieces 95

12 World History 98

13 The Fall into Sin 103

14 Redemption through Christ 115

15 Peoples and Cultures 121

16 Principles for Cultural Reconciliation 127

17 Good and Bad Kinds of Diversity 133

18 Human Action 143

Part 3 Interpreting Human Relationships

19 Meanings in Personal Action 155

20 Social and Cultural Analysis 162

21 Interpreting God's Actions 173

22 Cultural Learning 182

23 Human Knowledge within Culture 190

Part 4 Smaller Wholes within Society

24 Varieties in Society 197

25 Authorities 206

26 Classifications of People 220

27 Social Equality and Inequality 225

28 Episodes 231

29 Transactions 237

30 Action in Steps 240

31 Subsystems for Human Action 243

32 Signs and Their Meanings 253

33 Foundations for Unified Signs 259

34 From Signs to Perspectives 266

Part 5 Applications

35 A Jigsaw Piece as a Perspective 271

36 Living in Relationships 275

Interaction with Other Approaches to Society and Relationships

Appendix A René Descartes's Method 281

Appendix B Modern Sociology 287

Appendix C "Scientific" Sociology 294

Appendix D Empathetic Sociologies 303

Appendix E Sociological Models 310

Appendix F Sociology of Knowledge 316

Appendix G Sociology and Postmodernism 324

Appendix H Postmodern Theology 327

Bibliography 331

General Index 337

Scripture Index 347

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