Activists and Academics Divided Over Whether Social Justice Movement is Biblical

How biblical is today’s social justice movement? Amid a group of professors, the head of an emerging coalition of progressive, urban Christians spoke plainly.

“Social justice is biblical justice as applied to the social context,” said Justin Giboney, AND Campaign co-founder and president, during a forum last Friday discussing whether today’s social justice movement squares with biblical justice. “The Christian social justice mission is not a complete embrace of a secular progressive agenda.”

The forum, titled “Social Justice: Biblical and Secular,” was hosted by Baylor University’s Washington, D.C. program and the Christian nonprofit Faith & Law.

The latter hosts reading groups, film screenings and congressional breakfasts on Capitol Hill, bringing a wide variety of distinguished speakers before members of Congress and congressional staffers to address contemporary political and cultural issues.

Friday’s webinar is the virtual, COVID-inspired version of the organization’s weekly discussion for U.S. House and Senate staffers.

R.J. Snell, director of academic programs at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, expressed concern that social justice activists think only on the social group and societal levels, which are frequently “following what God thinks is neither just nor reasonable.”

The emerging language of the movement seems “decomposed from Marxism” though advocates seem really to want “the bourgeoisie vision” for themselves, said Snell.

“How do you argue for social justice without natural law or biblical morality?” Snell, who has a doctorate in philosophy from Marquette University and a research agenda focusing on Roman Catholic intellectual and ethical traditions, asked.

He asserted that Marxism and some of its contemporary cousins pursue the “negation of normativity itself” as expressed in Scripture.

Matthew Anderson, associate director of Baylor in Washington and holder of a doctorate in Christian ethics from the Oxford University in the United Kingdom, harkened back to Micah 6:8.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kyle Huckins