Throughout Western history, a series of Christian leaders have reminded the church and society of our responsibility to meet the needs of the poor, sick, suffering, and disabled. In Defenders of the Disenfranchised, author Kathy McReynolds recaptures this vision, telling the story of Christian social care from the 4th century until today with an emphasis on its rich theological roots and ongoing urgency.
For those who would tend to view social care as mere charity, or who might not see it as equally important to other Christian endeavors, McReynolds fleshes out the theological imperative of Christian social action for the benefit of the world. She demonstrates the historical and biblical foundations for such care, concluding with examples of key areas of current social concern in which everyday Christians may become involved.
Engaging and timely, Defenders of the Disenfranchised will appeal to readers interested in social care and social justice, as well as those who follow the ministries of sometimes unexpected leaders in this area, such as Chuck Colson, Joni Eareckson Tada, Gary Haugen, Nina Shea, and others."