Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach by Vern S. Poythress

By Vern S. Poythress

Of their pursuit of social welfare, sociologists and daily electorate alike have followed a worldview that fails to account for either the character of God and the depravity of humankind. Ignoring God and sin has led to inaccurate analyses and useless suggestions to societal matters. The time has come to reconsider the learn of sociology as these defective assumptions have essentially affected the self-discipline as a whole.Recognizing that human relationships are derived from the triune relationships in the Godhead, Poythress argues that social interactions has to be assessed via a biblical framework that takes heavily the matter of sin. He has hence written this compelling quantity to stimulate the reconfiguration and transformation of a worldview long gone awry, assisting us to imagine rightly approximately fallen human relationships and our types for realizing and bettering them.Redeeming Sociology advocates a biblically educated method in keeping with the Trinitarian nature of God, his governance of the realm, and his redemption finished in Christ—a version that might aid to reform the sphere of sociology in addition to the ideals and behaviors in our personal relationships.

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Dorothy L. Sayers, The Mind of the Maker (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1941). See especially, “The Image of God,” 19–31. 11 Sayers, The Mind of the Maker, 37. The context of Sayers’s work is worth reading for a fuller explanation of the distinctions among the three aspects. 12 Ibid. , 37–38. 10 44 God’s Involvement with Relationships Sayers is thinking particularly of literary creation because that is the kind of activity in which she herself was involved. 14 Human beings in every sphere of life exercise creativity.

For I [ Jesus] have given them [the disciples] the words that you [the Father] gave me” ( John 17:8). 4 We can add still more aspects. The Father “sends” the Son and the Spirit. This sending indicates a personal sharing of purposes, and the Son doing “as the Father commanded me” ( John 14:31) indicates a relation of command and commandment keeping. The language of the dwelling of the persons of the Trinity in one another indicates a deep sharing. 5 The giving of life and the giving of judgment are also activities in which the persons share (see John 5:22, 26).

3. 7 42 God’s Involvement with Relationships appear together in God. By analogy, they also have coinherence when they appear in human relationships. For a coherent relationship even to exist, authority, control, and presence must come together coherently. You and I depend on it. God is unique, and so the indwelling within the Godhead is also unique.  that they [believers] may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” ( John 17:21).

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