Constructing a "Christian Sociological Re-Imagination:" Creation, Fall, and Redemption as a Unifying Analytical Framework

  • Antonio A Chiareli Oklahoma Baptist University
Keywords: Sociological Theories, Christian Sociological Re-Imagination, Frame Alignment, Creation-Fall-Redemption, Social Problems, Faith-Discipline Integration, Worldview

Abstract

While most introductory textbooks in sociology make use of functionalist, conflict, and
symbolic interactionist theoretical perspectives in the analyses of societal dynamics, they
demonstrably make no attempt to integrate these paradigms either in theory or in practice. Yet
even a casual look at the social world evidences a transcendent reality not limited to the
discrete and narrow analysis of each respective perspective. By unsatisfactory default, the
discipline of sociology thus appears to consistently present a very fragmented and seemingly
irreconcilable view of the social world and its problems. This article explores the development
of a Christian sociological integration model at the meta-theoretical level. Applying a unifying
Creation-Fall-Redemption view of society and its functions and dysfunctions bridges the
disparate and isolated perspectives in the discipline. This meta-theoretical lens is best entitled
the Christian Sociological Re-Imagination approach. In proposing this theoretical alchemy of
sorts, the present discussion affirms the viability of an integrated approach for achieving a
biblically informed, sociologically robust, and arguably more holistic understanding of social
reality and its complex social issues than afforded by mainstream introductory sociology
textbooks.

Published
2019-04-29