Rise Up and Walk: Religion and Culture in Empowering the Poor

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This work is concerned with describing the bond of Protestant social thought to the processes of theorizing about development on Latin America, an aspect that has not received sufficient treatment in most recent literature. An assessment of the Protestant social thought is done not only to understand its own evolutive process, but as a product and in contrast with the more specialized context of reflection on social and economic transformation and change, as is shown in the academic and practical-political debate at the continental level.

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My manuscript copy of Rise Up and Walk is battered, dog-eared, underlined, highlighted and scribbled upon. Clearly it is not a book to be ignored! Indeed, it is a profoundly challenging and practical engagement with the grievous injustice of persistent poverty and oppressive greed. Full of passion, grace and hope, it is beautifully written and inspiring to read Biblical insight and stories woven into a compelling narrative and analysis. This is an important read for anyone who wants to better understand what it means to do justice, love, kindness, and walk humbly with God.

– STEVE BRADBURY, Director of Micah 6:8 Center at Tabor College Victoris, Former Director of Tearfund Australia

“Dr. Maggay’s study of the interrelationship of Culture, Religion and Development identifies the gaps between Development Values that shape much of policy and strategy and “the persistent religiosity and traditionalism of the voiceless poor.” Melba asserts that change happens only within the terms determined by the narrative of a culture which at its roots is religiously based. She calls for a ‘Cultural adjustment Programme’. There is a wealth of such insight and knowledge in this excellent study for development planners and activists.I commend it with enthusiasm.”

– Vinay Samuel

“On every page the reader is struck by the wonderful combination of great spiritual gifts and deep practical wisdom. … Reading of this book is a must for all who are longing for more responsible social,economic and political developments.”

– Bob Goudzwaard, former Chair of ICCO, Netherlands, and advisor to the WCC

“This isa unique book on the theory and practice of solidarity that academics, social activists, development agencies, and religious congregations alike will find immensely relevant to their work.”

– Randolf S David, Emeritus Professor of Sociology

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