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Biblical Ethics and Social Change$
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Stephen Mott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199739370.001.0001

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(p.93) 6 Evangelism
Biblical Ethics and Social Change

Stephen Charles Mott

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the importance of evangelism for moral character and as the motivation for justice. It first considers the role of evangelism and its limits in effecting social change before turning to a discussion of some of the unbiblical elements of the view that evangelism and the process of conversion are the only Christian way of furthering justice. These elements include optimism, individualism, and a Stoic view of the body. The chapter also explores the interdependence of evangelism and social action as well as the importance of social action in protecting the fruits of witness.

Keywords:   evangelism, moral character, justice, social change, conversion, optimism, individualism, social action, witness

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