Reclaiming an Evangelical History of Activism In recent years, there has been renewed interest by evangelicals in the topic of biblical social justice. Younger evangelicals and millennials, in particular, have shown increased concern for social issues. But this is...
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Reclaiming an Evangelical History of Activism
In recent years, there has been renewed interest by evangelicals in the topic of biblical social justice. Younger evangelicals and millennials, in particular, have shown increased concern for social issues. But this is not a recent development. Following World War II, a new movement of American evangelicals emerged who gradually increased their efforts on behalf of justice.
This work explains the important historical context for evangelical reengagement with social justice issues. The authors provide an overview of post-World War II evangelical social justice and compassion ministries, introducing key figures and seminal organizations that propelled the rediscovery of biblical justice. They explore historical and theological lessons learned and offer a way forward for contemporary Christians.
Gary VanderPol (ThD, Boston University) is senior pastor of Church Without Walls in Berkeley, California, and an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary. He previously taught in Costa Rica, has served as copastor of several Evangelical Covenant churches, and has fifteen years of missionary experience.
Soong-Chan Rah (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts, and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He also serves on the boards of Sojourners and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributed to Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press) and authored The Next Evangelicalism:Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (InterVarsity Press).
- <b>reclaiming An Evangelical History Of Activism<br></b><br> In Recent Years, There Has Been Renewed Interest By Evangelicals In The Topic Of Biblical Social Justice. Younger Evangelicals And Millennials, In Particular, Have Shown Increased Concern For Social Issues. But This Is Not A Recent Development. Following World War Ii, A New Movement Of American Evangelicals Emerged Who Gradually Increased Their Efforts On Behalf Of Justice.<br> <br> This Work Explains The Important Historical Context For Evangelical Reengagement With Social Justice Issues. The Authors Provide An Overview Of Post-world War Ii Evangelical Social Justice And Compassion Ministries, Introducing Key Figures And Seminal Organizations That Propelled The Rediscovery Of Biblical Justice. They Explore Historical And Theological Lessons Learned And Offer A Way Forward For Contemporary Christians.