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Corral 1Cruz CorralTHST 1060-01Dr. BrownDecember 7, 2015Term Paper: Raising Minimum WageGerald R. McDermott, editor and author of The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology. He is The Jordan-Trexlor Professor of Religion at Roanoke College and distinguished senior fellow, Baylor institute for studies of Religion. John Lunn is a professor of Economics and his research interests are why Theologians don’t like markets; he taught previously at Louisiana state university, Miami University and the University of British Columbia. McDermott’s background is evangelical Christianity, which is the second largest group of Christian believers in the world. Evangelical comes from the Greek noun euangelion, which essentially used to signify “the good news” of Jesus on Earth as the son of God to accomplish God’s plan of salvation for needy humans. Now, it is more specifically religion that focuses on the good news of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ (Mark A. Noll). Gerald R. McDermott and John Lunn are a strong believer of raising minimum wage, which they says it will create and increase unemployment especially with the minority youth. Lunn says that if we help the minority with employment it will create job skills that are beneficial for higher incomes in the future. He agrees on ideas similar to John Lunn, economist theologian who draws from scripture of Old Testament to examine different ways in which societies like today can install programs that will try to
Corral 2reach a goal of reducing poverty or helping the poor (pg. 412, The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology). He draws from John Mason saying, “Reciprocal obligations existed between the poorer members of society, in need of assistance, and the larger community… Those receiving assistance were obligated to the community to work when possible, even in actual receiving of assistance and to live modestly… The community was responsible to assist all of those who were poor due to arbitrary circumstance- including the able bodied as well as the dependent” (412). He feels that there should be something that prevents the poor from being considered slavery, which are Jubilee laws from the Old Testament. Lunn believes this example of Gleaning is something that can be attempting during our society but it wont has the same effect as it did in biblical times because we are industrialized. Also, he notes that our economy is now “impersonal rather than personal” (413). He talks about the relationships between farmers now and farmers back then who would know their gleaners personally but modern farmers would not know many gleaners. Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or where it is not economically profitable.