Two Different Worlds: Christian Absolutes and the Relativism of Social Science

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University of Delaware Press, 1988 - Social Science - 174 pages
Challenging the assumption that the biblical text is absolutist, this study renders the wall of division between Christian absolutism and cultural relativism indefensible. Its encouraging argument draws upon sociology, anthropology, and analysis of the biblical text.
 

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Contents

Setting the Stage
13
The Challenge of Science
28
The Gauntlet Taken Up
37
Cultural Relativity
47
The Case for Cultural Relativity
49
Relativity in Context
60
The Absolutist Case against Cultural Relativity
69
Biblical Religion
81
New Testament Documents
106
An Interpretation of the Review
120
Negotiations
129
Can a Believer Accept Cultural Relativity?
131
The Contributions of Cultural Relativism for Christian Belief
136
Can a Social Scientist Believe in Christianity?
142
The Contributions of Christianity to Social Science
147
An Epilogue
154

Relativity and Biblical Religion
83
Old Testament Documents
94

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