Isn’t all this talk about social justice and reforming society simply just the social gospel all over again? The threat of the social gospel has among evangelicals often been used as a dismissive tactic to equate any talk of social justice with a lack of gospel fidelity. In this episode we explore if this is in fact a fair reaction; discuss what exactly the social gospel is and examine the over-spiritualized evangelical response known as the “Great Reversal” and its destructive legacy in South Africa. Finally we ask, can the Kingdom of God exist outside of the Church? And isn’t pursuing social justice a slippery slope to loosing the gospel?
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This pilgrimage through the Cape Town CBD explores the role of the church as both an agent of oppression and injustice as well as an instrument of liberation and hope. The pilgrimage includes historical commentary, Scripture readings, and time for individual and communal reflection. Our pilgrimage route comprises the following stops: The Castle of…