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.