Solidarity with outsiders: The quest for common ground in theological ethics
Rankin, Deborah Truman
McKenny, Gerald P.
Master of Arts
Definitions of solidarity multiply as religious communities respond to concerns of the marginalized and the oppressed. Roman Catholic social teaching and Sharon Welch's communicative ethics are compared with the communitarian positions of Stanley Hauerwas and James McClendon on solidarity. Descriptions of relationships with world and outsiders prepare or deny the possibility of solidarity with them. Communities open themselves to challenge by outside voices or obstruct it with witness to truthful viewpoints which must be true for everyone. Separation of claims for truthfulness from claims for the completeness of their viewpoint might open communities with positive traditions to the challenge of outside voices. Where viewpoints of outsiders are considered corrective of our own, more equal relationships are enabled. Common work provides contexts in which insiders and outsiders seek common ground for moral commitment and practice together. Solidarity is created in mutual relationships and shared life experiences.
Theology; Religion; Philosophy of Religion