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Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice$
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Brantley W. Gasaway

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617725

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617725.001.0001

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A Public Theology of Community

A Public Theology of Community

(p.53) 2. A Public Theology of Community
Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Brantley W. Gasaway

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the public theology that leaders embraced over the course of their political activism. It examines key articles and popular books, particularly those published by Ron Sider and Jim Wallis, in order to outline the underlying public theology of community that shaped progressive evangelicals' political movement from the 1970s into the twenty-first century. This public theology underlaied and united the unusual combination of political positions that marginalized progressive evangelicals in American partisan politics. The leaders thought that the government's role was limited but vital so they repudiated the errors of totalitarianism and libertarianism. Furthermore, the evangelical leaders participated on philosophical debates about the foundation for a fair political order when constructing their public theology of community.

Keywords:   political philosophy, theological ideologies, totalitarianism, libertarianism, political activism, Jim Wallis

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