Sojourners Magazine
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Founder
Jim Wallis
Time Period
1971
Description
In 1971, a group of liberal evangelical Christians from Chicago’s Trinity Evangelical Divinity founded a magazine originally entitled the Post-American in order to promote economic and racial justice through a Christian perspective. By the mid-1970s, the magazine changed its name to Sojourners in order to highlight the Christian church as an "alien society" of God’s people embedded in the world and yet "committed to a whole different order of things." Their positions on social issues often mirror liberal Protestantism and liberation theology. Sojourners also often agreed liberal views on the nation’s domestic and foreign policies. For example, the magazine is renowned for advocating pacifism, so much so that it became one of the leading voices for radical Christian pacifism in America. The magazine strongly opposes Christian fundamentalism and its views on biblical inerrancy, highlighting how evangelical Christianity is not a monolithic, right-wing tradition as some suggest.
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Sojourners magazine- Reprinted with permission from Sojourners, (800) 714-7474, www.sojo.net

Jim Wallace, founder and editor of Sojourners Magazine- Flickr- photo by World Economic Forum (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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