The global crisis of forced displacement is growing every year. At the same time, Western Christians’ sympathy toward refugees is increasingly overshadowed by concerns about personal and national security, economics, and culture. We urgently need a perspective that understands both Scripture and current political realities and that can be applied at the levels of the church, the nation, and the globe.
Mark R. Glanville and Luke Glanville will reflect on their new book Refuge Reimagined offering a new approach to compassion for displaced people: a biblical ethic of kinship. God’s people, they argue, are consistently called to extend kinship—a mutual responsibility and solidarity—to those who are marginalized and without a home. Drawing on their respective expertise in Old Testament studies and international relations, the two brothers engage a range of disciplines to demonstrate how this ethic is consistently conveyed throughout the Bible and can be practically embodied today.
Glanville and Glanville apply the kinship ethic to issues such as the current mission of the church, national identity and sovereignty, and possibilities for a cooperative global response to the refugee crisis. Challenging the fear-based ethic that often motivates Christian approaches, they envision a more generous, creative, and hopeful way forward.
Mark R. Glanville (PhD, Bristol University) is associate professor of pastoral theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and an Old Testament scholar. Mark’s research explores the topic of kinship in the Old Testament, focusing on how scripture calls God’s people to enfold vulnerable people as kindred, especially displaced people seeking a place to belong. He is the author of Adopting the Stranger as Kindred in Deuteronomy (2018) and Freed to Be God’s Family: The Book of Exodus (2021).
Luke Glanville (PhD, University of Queensland) is associate professor of international relations at Australian National University. Luke’s research focuses on international political theory, the history of international political thought, responsibility to protect, and refugee protection. He is the author ofSovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History (2014) and Sharing Responsibility: The History and Future of Protection from Atrocities(2021).
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