Social Beliefs

God created us to be social beings and our social groups created different cultures. But any human-based culture will have sinful beliefs. What the Bible says about these social beliefs.

Day One: The Social Gospel
The phrase "social gospel" is usually used to describe a Protestant Christian intellectual movement that came to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those who adhered to a social gospel sought to apply Christian ethics to social problems...
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For more, see "Global Action: Social Justice and the Great Commission"

Day Two: Multiculturalism
The concept of multiculturalism can be taken several different ways, though two are more commonly used. The first is the idea of cultural diversity within a certain political or geographic area. The second is a social or political effort to enforce a certain level of cultural diversity...
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Day Three: Diversity
Diversity is, basically, variety. In recent times, the word diversity has taken on the specific connotation of "variety of people within a group"—the differences among the people being racial, cultural, gender-based, etc. Diversity was God's idea...
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For more, see "True Blood Relatives"

Day Four: Racism & Prejudice
The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race...
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For more, see "#AllSoulsMatter: 7 Reasons Why My Faith, Not My Race, Comes First"

Day Five: Hate Speech
A working definition of hate speech is "speech that is intended to insult, intimidate, or cause prejudice against a person or people based on their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, occupation, disability, or physical appearance"...
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For more, see "Free Speech and Duck Calls"

Day Six: Feminism
This question is especially important to Christian women. Does the Word of God address feminism? The modern concept of feminism was not present during the time that the Bible was written, but that does not mean the Bible has nothing to say on the basic issues of feminism...
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For more, see "Emma Watson: HeForShe"

Image Credit: Jen Marshall Duncan; "Diversity"; Creative Commons

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Published 8-10-16