The Violence of Poverty: Theology and Activism in an 'Age of Austerity'

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Faith groups are in the front line of the struggle to defeat poverty in breadline Britain. Given their roots in local communities Churches and Christian NGOs are well-placed to challenge economic policies that have resulted in the spiraling of food poverty, homelessness, personal debt and child poverty. By framing poverty as a political choice, a form of structural violence and systemic sin this paper brings peace studies and political theology into a constructive dialogue. In the face of ongoing “austerity” the paper demonstrates that poverty represents a clear and present danger to the social fabric of the UK and argues that only a re-imagined interdisciplinary theology of liberation can provide academics and activists with the tools needed to defeat systemic poverty and the cultural violence upon which it rests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-261
Number of pages19
JournalPolitical Theology
Issue number3
Early online date8 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Political Theology on 08/11/2018, available online:


  • Poverty
  • Liberation Theology
  • peace studies
  • Political Theology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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