The intersection of social justice and religion is elusive and not confined to text or time. The topic is important, however, because to overturn injustices in a troubled world, champions of social justice are sorely needed. Religious traditions can be part of this. This entry begins with a brief examination of the place of religion in social justice dialogue, followed by discussion of the concept of charity, and the symbiosis between social justice and human rights. The entry then considers advocacy of past and present religious luminaries in relation to social movements. It concludes by referring to a contemporary initiative in which the world’s religions come together to advocate for peace and social justice.

Social justice was a key concept in the struggle to overcome economic ...

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