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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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The Crusade against Poverty

The Crusade against Poverty

(p.200) 7. The Crusade against Poverty
Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Brantley W. Gasaway

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the goal of progressive evangelicals to end poverty, which was central to their broad social justice agenda. Based on their biblical interpretations, leaders argued that God designed economic justice by the redistribution of resources to meet the basic needs of the poor. This includes equal economic opportunities and minimizing wealth inequalities. In short, leaders insisted that Christians must work politically to promote governmental actions that provide for and empower the poor. This theology of liberation became the foundation for progressive evangelicals' economic analyses and public efforts to combat poverty. They defended their preferred policies with utmost zeal, often denouncing opposite strategies and competing policies as immoral and unbiblical.

Keywords:   biblical interpretations, economic justice, God, communal responsibilities, wealth inequality, redistribution

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