Scottish Civil Society and Devolution: The New Case for Ronald Preston's Defence of Middle Axioms

Studies in Christian Ethics 17 (2):37-46 (2004)
Abstract
Ronald Preston defended the middle axiom approach to doing Christian social ethics developed by J. H. Oldham for the 1937 ‘Life and Work’ conference. Preston argued that middle axioms continue to offer the churches a relevant ecumenical method. Middle axions has since been subject to fundamental criticism by ethicists such as Duncan Forrester. It will be argued that a case study of the Church of Scotland's contribution to the devolution debate, as part of Scottish civil society, supports Preston's defence of the middle axiom approach as a relevant form of political engagement in the new context of local-global politics
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