Book Reviews / International Journal of Public Theology 4 (2010) 255–266 259 Philomena Cullen, Bernard Hoose and Gerard Mannion, Catholic Social Justice (Lon- don: T. & T. Clark, 2007), £18.99, pp. xv + 250, ISBN 0-567-04542-0 (pbk). This is a good book, with a ﬁne roster of writers, including Duncan Forrester, Peter Phan, Hans Küng and Bernard Hoose. You might wonder what such an eminent Protestant theologian as Duncan Forrester is doing in a book about Catholic social justice. On the face of it, he is writing the obligatory chapter about Protestant social thought, and how that diﬀers from the Catholic tradition. Moreover, Forrester does his customary excellent job, reminding us that there are important similarities. He suggests that the Protestant tradition has a diﬀerent understanding of the relationship between sacred and secular and that it focuses on justice and how agape relates to that. The excellent thing about this book, however, is that it does not just compare and contrast Catholic social ethics with other traditions; it also revels in the plurality of thinking within the Catholic social tradition. There are diﬀerences between tradi- tions, but this book shows the Catholic tradition engaging with and owning the
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