THE CHURCH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE & THEOLOGY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

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ABOUT THE LECTURER

Josh Dowton is the Associate Pastor at Northside Baptist Church. Josh previous worked at World Vision Australia as the Church Partnerships Manager where he developed beneficial partnerships between churches (and other Christian organisations) and World Vision.

COURSE INTRO

The Church and Social Justice:
What is the mission of the church and its significance for social justice? This course allows you to delve deeply into the various factors that cause inequality and analyse the types of responses the church has and could make to them.

COURSE INTRO

Theology of Social Justice:
This unit provides a biblical theology of holistic mission that takes seriously the responsibility of the church to address issues of justice and poverty. It argues that the good news of the Kingdom of God has vital implications for social and cultural values. Too often in our western society we see political ideology claiming these values. As Christians we need to reclaim them as expressions of our faith, not our politics, and as the reflection of God’s Kingdom on earth.

COURSE OUTCOME

Theology of Social Justice:

  • Develop a solid understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of holistic church mission
  • Describe and critique alternate ways in which religious communities have engaged with the economic, political and cultural structures that generate and sustain poverty, injustice and environmental issues
  • Identify the local and global environmental and social challenges that require response from the church
  • Show the ways in which issues of gender, culture and religion frame the experience of poverty and inform aid and relief projects
  • Compare and contrast different conceptions and expressions of Christian mission.