This is precisely the Wilberforce model of public engagement. Wilberforce was a conservative who advanced one of the great social reforms of his day—the abolition of slavery. It was his Christian worldview that informed his views about human dignity and human rights, just as it is our Christian worldview that informs us. And this sort of thing shatters the stereotype of evangelicals.
Allen Hertzke, who is Jewish and is mentioned in the article, is about to publish a book on evangelicals in the public square titled Freeing God’s Children: The Faith-Based Movement for International Human Rights. A friend who has seen the galleys says it is very positive about the way Christians have been engaged in this critical issue.
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For further reading and information:
Elisabeth Bumiller, “ Evangelicals Sway White House on Human Rights Issues Abroad ,” New York Times,
Peter Goodspeed, “ Sudan peace talks inch closer to successful resolution ,” National Post (
“A Compassionate Law: Signing the Sudan Peace Act ,” Wilberforce Forum,
Kevin Belmonte, Hero for Humanity: A Biography of William Wilberforce (NavPress, 2002).
Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett, Christianity on Trial (Encounter, 2001).
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