Title

We are who we think we were: Christian history and Christian ethics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Abstract

© 2013 Fortress Press. All rights reserved. Conley calls into question the outdated historical methodologies in use in Christian social ethics and outlines the consequences stemming from them. By adopting the postmodern post-structuralist position of historian Elizabeth Clark, Conley calls ethicists to learn to read for the gaps, silences, and aporias existent in historical texts as well as in the histories represented by them. The book calls ethicists to a critical self-reflexive historiography. This self-criticism allows the ability to construct new histories and formulate new ethical norms for the world in which we now live. This work is another voice in the conversation about the meaning and implications of method in history, and applies that concretely to Christian ethics.

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