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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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Make Peace, Not War

Make Peace, Not War

(p.235) 8. Make Peace, Not War
Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Brantley W. Gasaway

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines peacemaking as a representation of the progressive evangelicals' comprehensive dedication to social justice. It considers the progressive evangelicals' opposition to American nationalism and militarism. Aside from the absence of war, many writers believe that peace also means just economic relationships with other people, fair division of economic resources, and limitations of extreme wealth and poverty. The leadership of Sojourners, Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), and The Other Side also recommended that biblical teachings on nonviolence and love for enemies should guide public engagement of Christians. As a result, pacifist progressive evangelicals protested the lethal nature of militaristic policies and warfare, and united in their commitment to the public task of active peacemaking.

Keywords:   progressive evangelicals, social justice, ESA, Sojourners, active peacemaking, American militarism, pacifist evangelicals

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