The Boston Affirmations

Yet another theological declaration has been added to the growing number of such statements in the past few years which attempt to deal with the difficult questions involved in the church’s relationship to the world. This most recent contribution has been entitled “The Boston Affirmations” and was issued by a 21-member task force of the Boston Industrial Mission, a church sponsored inner-city group set up to raise issues of ethics and social justice in the Boston area. The “Affirmations” express a deep concern over trends in the churches toward a personal piety and a world denying (or ignoring) transcendence which chokes off meaningful and costly action in the world on behalf of justice and liberation. The diverse collection of pastors, community organizers, political activists, and teachers who composed the statement went on to lay a theological foundation for radical Christian involvement in the struggles of history.

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