Common Evangelical Misconceptions Of Poverty

By: Steven R. Tracy

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Paper presented at the 63rd annual meetings
of the Evangelical Theological Society,
San Francisco, CA, November 17, 2011


Recent economic and political events evidence a great need for evangelical leaders to address the complex issue of poverty. Currently, more Americans are living below the poverty line than at any time in the past fifty years. At the same time, there is a great resurgence of conservative political ideology, strongly supported by white evangelicals, which is offering influential models regarding social justice issues. I argue that evangelicals often have erroneous beliefs regarding the nature and causes of poverty and the requisite biblical response, which is to prioritize care for the needy. This presentation will seek to identify and correct some of the most common misconceptions regarding poverty.

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