God's Wanderers: Christ Among the Poor and Homeless, with Case Studies in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Baltimore, Maryland
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SubjectSchool of Theology Thesis 2011; Poverty; Poor; Homeless; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
AbstractPoverty is a long-standing issue that has existed since ancient biblical times. Our current culture of economic uncertainties and failures has affected millions of people worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of Americans, who are now living below the respective poverty levels. A large portion of this population also includes those who are homeless. The objective of this thesis is to explore the Christian understanding of poverty and the Christian response to economic injustice. The focus of the paper is on domestic poverty and homelessness in the United States and the work of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. and its affiliated ministries. This thesis consists of four chapters that trace the roots of poverty in the Bible, display the exemplary work of Christian groups in the U.S. in combating poverty, and ends with suggestions for program development that will continue the battle for economic justice.
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