“The religious left is struggling. Can the cause of economic justice help it rise again?”
LTRP Note: The following article by a secular news source is a noteworthy read as it discusses so-called “Christian progressives” such as Jim Wallis (of Sojourners). We have posted this for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of the source or the content. To understand the role that “progressive” emergent “Christians (such as Wallis, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne) have played to help bring about our current administration, read our articles, “They Hate Christianity But Love (Another) Jesus – How Conservative Christians Are Being Manipulated and Ridiculed, Especially During Election Years” and “What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel.”
By Michelle Boorstein
The religious left was never as cohesive and effective as the religious right. But a new report based on interviews with religious progressive leaders finds that the Obama era may have further weakened Democrats’ interest in the non-secular.
The report, released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, argues that religious progressives could be heading for a renaissance if they can focus on what some see as the civil rights issue of today: economic justice.
The report, by the institute’s Governance Studies Program, is based on polling and interviews with many of the top players among Washington’s religious left. They include John Carr, formerly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; evangelical writer Jim Wallis; and Rabbi David Saperstein of the Reform Jewish movement.
It starkly lays out the challenges facing religious progressives — activists and voters who see their faith lived out through social justice, particularly working for causes such as immigration reform and limiting budget cuts for the poor. Click here to read more.