Evangelical theology, health care, and the third way

Berkeley Franz, John W Murphy

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In the context of American health care, considerable attention has been paid to health disparities based on both race and socioeconomic status. Scholars of public health and other social scientists agree that these inequities are enduring and tied to important social factors. Recently, community-based interventions have become popular to address population health and improve health outcomes. These projects that occur in the third sector are thought to be successful because of the full participation of community members who are familiar with local problems and prepared to design appropriate solutions. In many ways, community-based philosophy is consistent with the commitment to voluntarism found in Evangelical theology and religious practice. We, therefore, offer a framework for future collaboration and health policy dialogue in the third sector between community-based activists and American Evangelicals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 17 2016


  • community
  • community organizing
  • mental health/health
  • policy analysis
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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