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Politics and Policy: The Genesis and…

Politics and Policy: The Genesis and Theology of Social Statements in the…

by Christa R. Klein

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In its 25 years the Lutheran Church in America adopted nineteen social statements ranging over such issues as civil and human rights; sex, marriage, and the family; and nuclear war and weaponry. As policy meant to govern actions taken by the official church and to guide individual members, the statements reflect the political ethos of nation and denomination, but are also informed by a distinctively Lutheran theological ethic. The LCA actively participated in theological conversations sparked in the mid-twentieth century by Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Helmut Thielicke, Gustav Wingren and others. This volume explores the 19th and 20th century origins of the LCA's approach to social policy, including the role of leaders, issues, arguments, and church structures. Using documents and interviews, Christa Klein has written a lively history that clarifies the commitments and ambiguities underlying this church body's deliberate efforts to relate the faith to life in society.

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