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The Ongoing Scandal

This year CCDA released the first edtion of  a Theological Journal designed to for Christian Community Development workers to better integrate theology into their practice. This month we are featuring an Article by Soong-Chan Rah. His article, The Ongoing Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience and Mind, Soong-Chan advocates for a healthy relationship with non church as the only way the church can become part of social transformation…

This year CCDA released the first edtion of  a Theological Journal designed to for Christian Community Development workers to better integrate theology into their practice. This month we are featuring an Article by Soong-Chan Rah. His article, The Ongoing Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience and Mind, Soong-Chan advocates for a healthy relationship with non church as the only way the church can become part of social transformation. He calls for a robust theology of social-cultural engagement. and reminds us of the recent history of the divide between theology and faith, thought and practice, among American evangelicals. Rah attempts to draw out the connections between this divide and the history of evangelicalism’s divide between evangelism and social action/justice. Rah contends that the crucial link between the two divides is a myopic theological engagement with culture. In the end, Rah challenges the recent renewal of interest in justice in the evangelical community to attend to the sources of its energy and conscience. Will this be another example of cultural captivity? Rah ultimately emphasizes the need for social ministry that is theologically deep enough to challenge such captivity.

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