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Rupen Das

In spite of the promises of politicians and efforts of aid workers, the poor have no illusions about how deeply imbedded injustice is within the social and political systems of society. For many of them, God is their strength to cope. […] Read More

Christians who desire to change or transform the world too often fall into an anthropocentric outlook in which they see themselves as central and as the main actors of social change. Change is possible, evil can be pushed back, and the quality of life improved. Yet, complete, lasting and sustainable social transformation on this side […] Read More

The word “transformation” appears on the website of nearly every Christian organization involved in addressing poverty and social injustice. Speak to college students about their aspirations, it would not be unusual to hear some of them talk about wanting to change the world. Images of emaciated children in Yemen. Devastated cities in Syria and Iraq. […] Read More

The WOA principle – an ethical system rooted in care and concern for the biblical triad of widows, orphans and aliens – drives the mission of Jesus. He constantly moves to meet people on the margins of the social world of Galilee and Judea. The lack of direct references to widows, orphans and aliens as […] Read More

Christians need to adopt a WOA approach to ethics. WOA is an awkward acronym that represents the biblical triad of widows, orphans and aliens – WOA. These social groups represented women, men and children that existed on the margins of their communities. They struggled daily for dignity and survival. The quality of care provided to […] Read More

The poor tend to be more religious. This was a key finding from a 2009 study by Tomas Rees on the relationship between poverty and religiousness. He found that personal insecurity (due to stressful situations, such as poverty) was an important determinant of religiosity. A 2010 Gallup survey revealed similar findings. I find the faith […] Read More

The Syrian crisis is a seminal moment in history, requiring the international community to take stock of how it responds to such conflicts. I explained previously how Syria is the defining humanitarian aid crisis of our time and how it is not another war. Here, I share two final observations about the conflict: 1. Since […] Read More

There are times in history when, because of the horrors of the events, the international community is forced to take stock. In recent history, the Biafran crisis of the late 1960s was one such time, out of which Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was formed and a new way of responding to humanitarian crises began to […] Read More

Compassion is a powerful force. Stories of compassion are often found in places of tragedy and suffering. These are the locations of wounded and broken people. Members of a small Baptist church in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon know about compassion. They saw more than a million Syrian refugees pour into their country – desperate […] Read More

The Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole. Yet the poor and marginalized should not remain passive, they need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice in society. But can they do this on their own when the social and political system […] Read More