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19th Century Evangelicals: Personal Faith and Social Action

Learning from our past:

"Nevertheless, from the age of John Wesley to the present, there has been an unbroken chain of persons who have belied the division between evangelistic vital piety and social transformation—people such as Charles Finney, Frances Willard, Mary McLeod Bethune, Toyohiko Kagawa, E. Stanley Jones, Howard Thurman, Clarence Jordan, Orlando Costas, and many others—all of whom have insisted that both a fervent faith and social action are necessary for a true commitment to the gospel.

Contrary to the compartmentalization in much of Western society, they did not separate their lives into distinct sacred and secular spheres; rather, their social justice advocacy and religious devotion were conceived of in a comprehensive way.

They experienced a growing, vibrant relationship with Christ and they interpreted that experience with an activistic theology. In spite of cultural pressures to polarize their spirituality, they maintained a holistic vision, and thus they offer to us outstanding examples of Christian integration."
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