Religion, socialism and economic justice

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, speaks at a rally in New Orleans on July 26, 2015. (Nick Solari via Creative Commons)

Support for socialism is on the rise in the United States, due in part to prominent politicians such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York.

Religious groups have responded to this trend in a variety of ways. Some claim this controversial economic system violates religious teachings, while others view socialist policies as a potential balm to people in need. 

Although most people of faith feel called to address inequality, they disagree on the role the government should play in the process. 

Religious socialists typically favor expanding government programs, such as Medicare, in order to strengthen the social safety net. Religious opponents of socialism, on the other hand, are more likely to argue that people flourish when there’s less government interference. 

This edition of ReligionLink expands on this basic overview, highlighting resources that will help you explore growing support for socialism through a religious lens.

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