Equality and the Family (Religion, Marriage And Family Series)
In "Equality and the Family" Don Browning has carefully compiled many of his past essays in order to shed light on the path we should take in the future. He contends that practical theology can be envisioned as a practical...
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In "Equality and the Family" Don Browning has carefully compiled many of his past essays in order to shed light on the path we should take in the future. He contends that practical theology can be envisioned as a practical research program, and he uses the very concrete example of the family to illustrate how this works. Though much of the secular world believes that equality in the family cannot be based on Christian ideas, Browning insists that it can and should be. Aiming to be pro-family and pro-marriage in ways that create justice and equality within the family, he argues for the churchs ideal model of the mother-father partnership to be balanced with an understanding and acceptance of the pluralism of family forms as a part of modern life, including church life. "Equality and the Family" develops a useful practical theology for those who work with or study the modern family in any capacity and for those who simply belong to one.
Interest in psychology permeates our culture, with psychological solutions advanced for a host of moral dilemmas. How should ethically minded Christians include insights from such disciplines as psychoanalysis, cognitive moral development, and neuroscience in their theological reflection? Don Browning offers a serious proposal for combining these disciplines with the best in ethical reflection from a Christian standpoint. Along the way, he introduces readers to the moral psychology work of Sigmund Freud, Carol Gilligan, Antonio Damasio, and others, opening up a dialogue between their work and the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur. Browning also recognizes the potential limits of the conversation between Christian ethics and the moral psychologies, pointing out where they must diverge.
Don S. Browning" is Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Ethics and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of "Religious Thought and Modern Psychologies" and "Reviving Christian Humanism: The New Conversation on Spirituality, Theology, and Psychology".