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The Use of the Bible by the Christian Human Rights Organisations International Justice Mission and Christian Solidarity Worldwide

McIlroy, David H. (2010) 'The Use of the Bible by the Christian Human Rights Organisations International Justice Mission and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.' Political Theology, 11 (3). pp. 473-485.

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Abstract

This paper explores the use made of the Bible by two Christian human rights organisations: Christian Solidarity Worldwide (‘CSW’) and International Justice Mission (‘IJM’), identifying the particular parts of Scripture appealed to, the hermeneutic adopted, and asks whether there are other resources in the Bible which they could use to inspire and inform their work. CSW with its focus on the persecuted Church most naturally draws its inspiration from the New Testament, especially the Epistles; whilst IJM whose work principally addresses other forms of injustice such as slavery, forced prostitution, expropriation of land and exploitation of workers, makes greater appeal to the Old Testament. The biblical framework for IJM’s work could be strengthened by a more sustained attention to Jesus’ ministry as a model of human rights intervention and advocacy, by reflection on the significance of the Exodus as indicative of God’s purposes for those who are enslaved or oppressed, and by consideration of the book of James as an important bridge between the concerns of the prophets in the Old Testament and the mission of the Church in the New. CSW needs to integrate its commendable emphasis on Jesus’ mission as exemplary for Christian human rights action with a holistic reading of the Bible and in particular with a greater exploration of the spiritual and practical importance of the Church as the Body of Christ.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: HUMAN RIGHTS, HERMENEUTICS, JUSTICE, ADVOCACY
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
ISSN: 1462317X
Depositing User: David McIlroy
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 15:39
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8487

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