This study examines some key approaches to ecumenical social ethics in the past century, as expressed in the thought of Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr and the World Council of Churches.
The author argues that unless Christians are clear about the ways that theology and philosophy relate to one another and work themselves out in our practical commitments, we will lose the ability to discuss social ethics as individuals and churches, let alone reach effective arguments.
Anna Robbins is lecturer in Theology and Contemporary Culture at London School of Theology. After studying international politics in her homeland, Canada, she worked for the Red Cross. This raised many questions about social justice, so she studied theology and social ethics; she researches method in theology, ethics, and apologetics.