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Resources for a Christian worldview

Alan Storkey

Biography

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Alan Storkey (1943 - ) read economics at Christ College, Cambridge and then took a Masters's degree in sociology at the London school of Economics before doing research at the University of Stirling. In 1969 he became the first director of the Shaftesbury Project. He was head of economics and politics at Worksop College. In 1993 he was awarded a PhD for his dissertation Foundational Epistemologies in Consumption Theory from the VU, Amsterdam. His doctoral supervisors were Bob Goudzwaard and Sander Griffioen. In the 1990s he was the chair of the Movement for Christian Democracy and was Director of Studies at Oak Hill College, London. He writes poetry, paints and lives with his wife Elaine in a village near Cambridge.
His present research is on militarism.
He has a web presence here.























Books

 

A Christian social perspective (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1979)

Transforming economics: a Christian way to employment ( London: Third Way/ SPCK, 1986)

Foundational epistemologies in consumption theory (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1993)

The meanings of love (Leicester: IVP, 1994)

Marriage and its modern crisis: repairing married life ( London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996)

Jesus And Politics: Confronting The Powers (Grand rapids: Baker Academic, 2005)

Book chapters


'The rise and fall of "sex"' in Sex These days Essays on theology, sexuality and society (ed John Davies and Gerald Loughlin) (Sheffield Academic Press, 1997)

Alan Storkey, ‘Postmodernism and Consumption’, in Christ and Consumption, edited by Craig Bartholomew and Thorsten Moritz (Carlisle: Paternoster).


Biblical

 

Theological

 

Philosophical


Economic

 

Political

 

Sociological

A Christian Social Perspective

 

Contents

 

Preface

 

CHAPTER 1

Faith and social relationships

Faith and social behaviour. The Reformation.

The Enlightenment. The great dilemma. Nineteenth

century developments. Collectivism. The twentieth

century's insoluble problems.

 

 

CHAPTER 2

Sociological perspectives

The origins of sociology. The French tradition.

The British tradition. The German tradition. Marx.

The attempted neutralization of sociology functionalism;

conflict theory; neutralized subjective meaning; synthetic

sociology. Radical sociology.

 

 

CHAPTER 3

What kind of knowledge?

The natural sciences and their origins: Christian culture

and science; Christian faith and science; the necessity

of a Christian perspective. Eighteenth century immanent

theories of knowledge: nature and knowledge;

empiricism; rational knowledge. The twentieth century

faith in method. The modified faith in method.

Linguistic theories of knowledge. A fundamental

critique. A Christian epistemology.

 

 

CHAPTER 4

Christian failure

The problem. Church politics. The sacred-secular

division. Synthetic thinking. The solution.

 

 

CHAPTER 5

A Christian social perspective

Biblical exegesis: How is the Bible to be interpreted?

some Christian misconceptions; some non-Christian

interpretations. The word of God. A Christian

philosophy of sociology: A Christian perspective;

scientific knowledge; scientific differentiation; sociology

as a scientific discipline. A Christian sociological

perspective: creation; sin; redemption. Free societal

relationships and communities. Basic social institutions.

Structures of institutional authority. Free institutions.

A critical perspective.

 

 

PRIMARY SOCIOLOGY

 

CHAPTER 6

Free relationships

Free societal relationships. The individualist pole:

the egocentric response; the possessive response;

the competitive response; individual pressure; the

manipulative response; the self-validating response;

the comparative response; the self-righteous response;

the privatized response; the hedonist response.

The collectivist pole: the image-creating response;

extrinsic relationships; the acceptability focus; group

identity; the other-directed conscience;

the status response. The dilemma. The Christian perspective.

 

 

CHAPTER 7

Community and class

Definition. Economic community in Britain: Class.

The historical background. Modern social class relationships.

Social communication. Status and social

balkanization. The norms of community.

 

 

CHAPTER 8

Marriage

Different views of sex and marriage: individualism and

contract marriage; other-directed marriage; naturalism

and marriage; asceticism. Sexual truth. A biblical view

of sex and marriage. Crisis or not? The breakdown of

love. The breakdown in communication.

The breakdown of authority. The breakdown of

faithfulness. Marriage and other institutions: family;

the economy; the state; the churches.

 

 

CHAPTER 9

The family

Marriage and the family. Abortion. Parenthood: child-

centred parenthood; parent-centred families. Family

structure: between parents; parents and children; among

children. The family and society. The family and

education. The family and the economy.

 

 

CHAPTER 10

The mass media

The free media. The television audience. The fictional

content of television. Non-dogmatic television. News.

See-through characters. Continuity. Variation and

change. The effects of television. The other mass

media. Diagnosis. The economics of the media.

The Dutch alternative. Humanism and communication.

 

 

SECONDARY ASPECTS

 

CHAPTER 11

British politics and parties

Faith and parties: the Labour party; the Conservative

party; the Liberal party. Power and parties. The current political

expedients. The present weakness of parties.

 

 

CHAPTER 12

A Christian view of the state

Christian involvement in politics. A biblical

perspective of the state: God's sovereignty; the state is

instituted because of sin; the state and justice;

the state and coercion; the state and law; political office;

impartiality; redistribution of resources;

limitations on the activities of the state;

religious toleration; peacemaking.

 

 

CHAPTER 13

Economic perspectives

Christian foundations of modern economics. Post-

Christian economic perspectives: property; self-interest;

blind natural evolution; neutrality, power and socialist

economics; changing the system; means and ends.

Conclusion.

 

 

CHAPTER 14

A Christian economic perspective

The biblical meaning of economic life: The religious

nature of economic life; economic blessing; stewardship;

economic judgment; economic rest; economic

independence; social acquisitiveness; economic fairness;

the economic community; normative economics.

A Christian economic philosophy: work; property;

economic freedom; the firm and production; capital;

markets and exchange; money; consumption.

The economy and the state. The economy and society.

 

 

CHAPTER 15

The institutional church

The New Testament church. The church as 'sacred'

institution. The church institutionalized; church loyalty;

ecumenism; denominational commitment; the congregation;

finance; the functional church; the institutional

church professionals. Secular divisions within

the churches: class; status; sex; race. The Christian

warfare.

 

 

CHAPTER 16

Conclusion

The historical situation. The confrontation.

The Kingdom of God.

 

Index

Arms trade

 

Transport

 

Apologetics

 

On-line articles


Interview Wittenberg Door by Becky Garrison (April 2007)

Transport Committee Inquiry into Bus Services across the UK (5/5/2006).

The evangelical ghetto (editorial) Anvil 22 (2) (2005)

The Lord's reform  Evangelicals Now August 1999

Movement for Christian Democracy --  in Great Britain Public Justice Report (Feb 1991)

Share Values and Economic Crisis ACE Journal Issue 5 (1988)

The surogate sciences Philosophia Reformata, 51 (1986): 110-116

 

Why following Jesus means being political Church of England Newspaper

Resolving the gay issue Church of England Newspaper




Poetry

Articles

A quiet morning http://www.fulcrum-anglican.org.uk/page.cfm?ID=88

http://www.grantchester.info/AlanStorkey/

Simeon letting go http://www.fulcrum-anglican.org.uk/page.cfm?ID=259

On Alan Storkey

Bruce Wearne "A New Beginning in Christian Social Theory" Anakainosis 4(1) September, 1981.

Bruce Wearne "A Christian Social Perspective by Alan Storkey" Newsletter FCS NZ No 17 (December, 1980) pp 19-22.

Steve Bruce 'A new absolutism: Christian sociology in Alan Storkey A Christian Social Perspective' International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 1981

Review by Jim Skillen http://www.cpjustice.org/stories/storyReader$1279

Review by Simona Goi http://www.perspectivesjournal.org/perspectives/2005/06/review.php