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Toward a Just and Caring Society: Christian Responses to Poverty in America Paperback – October, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Book House; Unknown edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801022207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801022203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,362,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By combining careful biblical reflection with substantive social and economic analysis, the authors offer responsible suggestions for addressing problems associated with poverty. The essays draw readers into serious and creative engagement with complex issues such as welfare, education, divorce, and the empowerment of poor people. This book is an excellent resource for persons who want to move beyond predictable policy arguments and polarizations to innovative and hope-filled responses. -- Christine D. Pohl, professor of social ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary

Richly endowed with intellect, heart, and expertise, a distinguished council of scholars has issued a manifesto on biblical justice. No longer may Christians abandon to the secular saints the plight of people who have a special place in the heart of the Lordthe poor. Many of our attitudes, traditions, and institutions will experience redemptive change as we look at this road map toward a just and caring society. -- Mark O. Hatfield, former U. S. Senator, Oregon

Some of the most thoughtful and astute Christian activists and academics come together in this book to illumine the tragedy of poverty, the hope of the gospel, and the way to do justice. On the basis of biblical reflection and careful assessment of our complex society, the authors contend with injustice and sometimes with one another to find the way to ameliorate poverty. This is an encouraging provocation for anyone who reads it. -- James W. Skillen, executive director, Center for Public Justice

About the Author

David P. Gushee (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York) is associate professor of Christian studies and director of the Center for Christian Leadership at Union University. He is also the author or editor of five books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orion Pax on October 1, 2010
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I am most surprised this book has garnered so little attention because it is a solid and informed work on poverty in the United States from several evangelical scholars.

Biblical ethicists Stephen Mott and Ronald Sider start off by illuminating the biblical vision of economic justice, preparing us to consider what that looks like in our day. What follows are essays from a variety of evangelical social scientists covering topics from broad economic theory, to data on wealth inequality, to the nitty gritty details of anti-poverty policies, charity, and empowerment initiatives. The result is a book that covers poverty in the U.S. with breadth and proficiency while still being quite accessible (especially since the reader is free to tackle each topic in a piecemeal fashion). This is a true blessing because it elevates the Christian discourse on poverty by helping us grapple with the various economic and social realities faced by the poor, allowing us to better serve and empower them according to their needs.

(The main drawback to this book is simply its age: being from 1999, many essays are likely in need of some updated research, though it is still immensely informative.)
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