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Unformatted text preview: Religion 261: Christian Ethics and Modern Society Professor Eric Gregory Paper #2: Due In Lecture, Thursday, December 17 th , 2009 Following the directions given in class , write a 5 page paper (typed, double-spaced) on one of the following topics. 1. John Howard Yoder answers successfully the criticisms of pacifism respecting the need to protect innocent third parties contained in the just war tradition. Agree or disagree with this claim. Be sure to provide reasons for your thesis. 2. Critics of liberation theology often claim that the liberationists’ use of the concepts of liberation and human sinfulness drain these doctrines of their Christian content. Does liberation theology derive its main ideas from Christian or non-Christian sources (such as Marxism)? Discuss with reference to Gustavo Gutierrez and his critics. 3. The principle of subsidiarity in Catholic social thought often is used to express the idea that the state should not assume tasks which other communities can perform for themselves. Consider the application of this principle in relation to either 1) the case of public education or 2) the devolution of social services from the federal government to “faith-based” charities. Does subsidiarity promote or reject the privatization of education or social services?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course REL 261 taught by Professor Erics.gregory during the Fall '09 term at Princeton.
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