A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?  A Missiological Examination of the United States Evangelical Adoption and Orphan Care Movement

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? A Missiological Examination of the United States Evangelical Adoption and Orphan Care Movement

Sheryl J. Ryan


ABSTRACT

The contemporary case of evangelical groups promoting intercountry adoption in books, conferences, and church ministries in the United States is a situation that requires missiological examination. This paper makes an argument for the need for a broadened theological base from which to understand intercountry adoption and orphan care, as well as the need for critical engagement with related knowledge bases in the social sciences. Integration of the biblical theme of power reversal to attain social justice for the oppressed with current adoption literature is used to problematize the theological and practical emphases of the evangelical adoption and orphan care movement, and to inform Christian thought and practices related to child removal and welfare.

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