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Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures
Christians are increasingly interested in justice issues. Relief and development work are important, but beyond that is a need for advocacy. This book shows how transforming systems and structures results in lasting change, providing theological rationale and strategies of action for evangelicals passionate about justice. Each of the authors contributes both academic exper ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Baker Academic
(first published April 19th 2016)
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This book covers an important concept that is often overlooked in global development as well as community development within the states: advocacy. I think that as American Christians we often get under the impression that we have enough tools and know-how to address the needs of our communities from the ground up. While this is an important component, the authors rightly address that without advocating to the powers of the world (especially governments) we have inadequately addressed the environ ...more
The authors of this book are to be commended for seeking to add some theological depth and practical tools to the recent interest and involvement in social justice issues in evangelical Christian circles. Building on Corbett and Fikkert's three stage model of involvement in poverty issues -relief, rehabilitation, development - the authors add advocacy to process. They base their theological foundation for advocacy on the Trinity - the inter-relationships of the three person in the Trinity - even ...more
I thought the definitions were excellent re. advocacy and theological references re. advocacy. The treatment of humans in positions of power juxtaposed against the Biblical uses of "powers" when talking about evil is something I hadn't considered. I was disappointed that there was scant treatment of the #1 objection I hear in churches: any advocacy effort will deteriorate into partisan politics. One of my favorite lines is "Christians often settle for easy solutions," and it made me substitute t ...more