"Churches and ecumenical bodies are often criticized for saying too much, or too little, on social and political affairs. But how can Churches speak out on such affairs. How can Churches participate effectively ? Keith Clements questions the present preoccupation with making 'statements', which not only pre-supposes that a Church has ready-made 'answers', but is also symptomatic of modern western society's obsession with publicity and instant 'solutions' to what are often complex problems. Clements examines such historically famous statements as the German Barmen Confession of 1934 and the South African Kairos Document of 1985, before exploring the biblical and theological roots of the key motifs of prophecy and discipleship. He suggests that western Churches must continue to listen and learn, not least from the way Churches in regions such as South Africa, the Middle East and Easter Europe are re-learning their role." -- back cover.
Contents: Preface dated Bristol, Ash Wednesday 1994 / Keith Clements -- Required to Speak ? -- Two Case-Studies: Barmen and Kairos -- The Chattering Culture -- The Way of Prophecy -- The Way of Discipleship -- What the Church Does Know -- As Those Being Taught: Three Regional Experiences -- Forms of Speech -- Select Bibliography -- Index.
Colophon: Typeset by Trinity Typesetting, Edinburgh. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Hartnolls Ltd, Bodmin.
Author is Co-ordinating Secretary for International Affairs in the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland.