Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)
Politics, Christian politicians, morality, political engagement, Christlikeness
Leadership Studies | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Carpenter, Charles L., "The Clapham Saints: A Correlational Study between a Christian's Level of Commitment to the Christian Faith and Their Engagement in Human Trafficking Political Matters" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4178.
The purpose of this correlational study is to determine if a relationship exists between the commitment level of Christians who attend a church in the Northern Shenandoah Valley portion of Virginia that falls under the covering of Abba’s House––Chattanooga, Tennessee as assessed by the Belief into Action (BIAC) scale, and their level of engagement in human trafficking political matters, as assessed by the Human Trafficking Political Engagement (HTPE) scale. Every year, millions of individuals become victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking victims are created in God's image, leaving Christians obligated to protect them. William Wilberforce and the Clapham Saints’ political engagement ended slavery and fought against other social ills. Similarly, Christians, today can leave God's imprint on human trafficking legislation by engaging in politics. To determine if Christians are interested in political engagement, similar to the Clapham Saints, the researcher sought to determine the relationship between Christian commitment and engagement in human trafficking political matters.