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Mobilizing for the Common Good - The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins

Mobilizing for the Common Good

The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins

Edited by Peter Slade, Charles Marsh, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel
Paperback : 9781617038594, 240 pages, July 2013
Hardcover : 9781617038587, 240 pages, July 2013

Essays on the famed activist and preacher, among the first to call for relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution in a post-civil rights America


Born into a sharecropping family in New Hebron, Mississippi, in 1930, and only receiving a third-grade education, John M. Perkins has been a pioneering prophetic African American voice for reconciliation and social justice to America's white evangelical churches. Often an unwelcome voice and always a passionate, provocative clarion, Perkins persisted for forty years in bringing about the formation of the Christian Community Development Association—a large network of evangelical churches and community organizations working in America's poorest communities—and inspired the emerging generation of young evangelicals concerned with releasing the Church from its cultural captivity and oppressive materialism.

John M. Perkins has received surprisingly little attention from historians of modern American religious history and theologians. Mobilizing for the Common Good is an exploration of his theological significance. With contributions from theologians, historians, and activists, this book contends that Perkins ushered in a paradigm shift in twentieth-century evangelical theology that continues to influence Christian community development projects and social justice activists today.