Bringing together articles and chapters from his considerable work in theological ethics, India, and the social order, Duncan Forrester incorporates new writing and introductions to each thematic section to guide readers through this invaluable resource. This book offers stimulating studies in three related areas - Indian Christianity with particular attention to the caste system, contemporary Christian theological ethics, and the distinctive and challenging theological approach that Duncan Forrester has developed in relation to public issues such as prisons and punishment, welfare provision, social justice, and poverty.
Duncan B. Forrester was ordained as a Presbyter of the Church of South India in 1962. As a Church of Scotland missionary he taught Politics at Madras Christian College for eight years. After a period as Chaplain and Lecturer in Politics and Religious Studies at the University of Sussex, he was appointed in 1978 to the Chair of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology in New College, University of Edinburgh. He was Principal of New College from 1986-96, and Dean of the Faculty of Divinity from 1996-2000. He established and was first Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. He retired in 2001. His book, Caste and Christianity: Attitudes and Policies on Caste of Anglo-Saxon Protestant Missionaries (Curzon: 1980) is a classic, and he has published many articles on Indian politics, society and religion. His recent books include The True Church and Morality: Reflections on Ecclesiology and Ethics (WCC, 1997), Christian Justice and Public Policy (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Truthful Action: Explorations in Practical Theology (T. & T. Clark, 2000), On Human Worth: A Christian Vindication of Equality (SCM Press, 2001), Theologicl Fragments: Explorations in Unsystematic Theology (Continuum,2005), and Apocalypse Now? Reflections on Faith in a Time of Terror (Ashgate, 2005).