The Rich & the Poor in Paul's Theology: Is Poverty a Pro-Life Issue?
To remember the poor for Paul was not a Thanksgiving food basket program or a general bid for cognitive remembrance, but rather a concrete and ongoing action.
This article was previously published in Urban Mission, a publication of Westminster Theological Seminary. Used by permission.
Our modern word is a study in socio-economic contrasts. Take South Africa. The average household income in Soweto, a black township on the edge of modern Johannesburg, is estimated to be only a quarter of that of Johannesburg "proper." By the most conservative estimate, between 20 and 49% of the population of Soweto live below the poverty line, with 80% the more likely figure. Hunger, housing shortages, unemployment, lack of health care, high infant mortality, and substandard education mark ...