School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Suzanne Hequet

Subject Categories

Ethics in Religion | History of Christianity


Since its beginning, Christianity has challenged its members to stand up for the rights of the poor and to serve them. As early Christians faced issues of poverty, so do Christians today. Then, as now, Christians were called upon to change the very structures that took advantage of the poor or kept them in poverty. St. John Chrysostom firmly believed that in order to call oneself Christian, one must be mindful of one’s neighbor, and care for him and his needs. This paper will take a closer look at some of Chrysostom’s sermons in order to explore Chrysostom’s perspective on social justice issues, and see how his call to action is applicable for Christians today.



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