Commentary: Carnivals and Social Justice

Is it possible that the recent focus on social justice in Southern Baptist and evangelical circles is just another initiative in a long line of church growth schemes?  In times past, Finneyistic churches have used carnivals and fairs to draw people into church attendance.  As evangelicals age and die, they are not being replaced by younger church-goers.  It appears that neo-Calvinist churches, who would never resort to bread and circuses, may be reaching out to a younger, more progressive crowd by advocating for social issues such as immigration reform, racial reconciliation, and women’s rights.   I discuss this theory in the podcast episode below:

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Seth Dunn

Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Member of the Evangelical Theological Society Certified Public Accountant