Robert A Daniels


Although the issue of boundaries is not new, in recent years sociologists have shown renewed interest in the topic.  For example, the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in 2006 featured the theme of boundaries.  This paper is an exploratory effort to analyze sociological work on boundaries and to compare and contrast this work with a biblical view on this topic. In doing so, the following issues were discussed: the blurring of boundaries, overemphasis on boundaries, idolatry, and more specifically, issues of boundaries in the area of marriage and family, gender roles, social identity, and materialism. From this it can be concluded that there are gaps that should be addressed, discussed and written about from a Christian perspective.  
KEYWORDS:  boundaries, holiness, idolatry, sociology