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Moot Papers


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ISBN-13: 9780567032577
Published: 21/12/2009
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Against the background of impending and then actual war, the discussions of the Moot focused on the roles of moral choice and the Christian community. The Moot was the study and discussion group set up by J.H. Oldham (1874-1969) following the 1937 Oxford Conference on 'Church, Community and State'. Its purpose was to continue, in an informal, confidential but serious way, exploration of the relation between church and society and the realisation of Christian ethics in the public sphere. The Moot met twice or three times a year from 1938 to 1947 (21 times in all) and was convened by Oldham with the conscious intention of responding to the grave crisis that was felt to be facing western society in Britain no less than on the continent of Europe. Overall some 35 people attended the Moot at one time or another, but its core comprised a small number of regular members who were representative of the highest levels in theology, social science and public affairs. In addition to Oldham himself they included John Baillie, T.S. Eliot, H.A. Hodges, Eleonora Iredale, Adolf Lowe, Karl Mannheim, Walter Moberly, John Middleton Murry and Alec Vidler. Other participants included Kathleen Bliss, Fred Clarke, Christopher Dawson, H.H. Farmer, Hector Hetherington, Walter Oakshott and Gilbert Shaw, while notables such as Reinhold Niebuhr, Melville Chaning-Pearce, Donald Mackinnon, Philip Mairet, Lesslie Newbigin, William Paton, Frank Pakenham (later Lord Longford), Michael Polanyi and Oliver Tomkins made occasional 'guest appearances'. Against the background of impending and then actual war, the discussions in the Moot repeatedly focused on the 'planned' nature of modern society and therewith the roles (if any) within it of moral choice and the Christian community.
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'The space available to a reviewer denies him the opportunity to comment on the detail of what is here presented. Suffice it to say that here are 700 pages of acute and penetrating thinking about the nature of church and state in their broadest terms that will richly reward study.' --Sanford Lakoff

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Keith Clements

Keith Clements is General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches, Geneva. KC is the author of the definitive biography of J.H. Oldham, Faith on the Frontier. A life of J.H. Oldham (T & T Clark and WCC 1999), as well as having written and published extensively in other areas of modern church history and theology, not least studies in Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He would bring to this project his recent experience of detailed editorial work as editor of the English edition of Volume 13 (London 1933-35) in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series, to be published by Fortress Press in late 2006. Having retired as general secretary of the Conference of European Churches, Geneva, in December 2005, he is now in "active retirement" in Bristol, England. He has a number of pending assignments as visiting lecturer in ecumenical and social theology in the UK and abroad. If adopted, this proposal would be his main literary priority in the next 18 months/two years.

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