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Episode 005

Is Social Justice Biblical?

November 23, 2020

Is social justice biblical? The obvious answer is yes. Very few Christians would say they don’t believe in social justice. But even fewer would be able to define exactly what the term means.

Justice, social or otherwise, is a gospel issue. But depending on who you ask, the definition of “social justice” (and what exactly it means to believe in it and carry it out) can vary widely — especially in 2020.

Is it about inherently biblical issues like caring for “widows and orphans” (James 1:27)? Or is it about equality in terms of modern critical theory?

This week, Peter, Aaron, and guest hosts Dashawn Cousins and Luke Sawyer discuss these questions and examine the roots of the modern social justice movement, including critical theory, intersectionality, Marxism, and how Christians should evaluate these issues in light of scripture.

“A lot of the social justice we’ve heard in 2020 is an effort to rid the world of the hegemony, of the privileged oppressors, to level the playing field and put everyone on the same plane. The issue that exists among evangelicals is are we going to step into that vein and include in our definition of social justice the idea of oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, and so forth, or are we going to steer away from that.” ~ Aaron Currin

A lot of the social justice we’ve heard in 2020 is an effort to rid the world of hegemony, of the privileged oppressors. The issue that exists among evangelicals is are we going to step into that vein and include that in our definition of social justice?Click To Tweet

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