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The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals

Hardback|Aug 2018
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More than forty years ago, conservative Christianity emerged as a major force in American political life. Since then the movement has been analyzed and over-analyzed, declared triumphant and, more than once, given up for dead. But because outside observers have...


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More than forty years ago, conservative Christianity emerged as a major force in American political life. Since then the movement has been analyzed and over-analyzed, declared triumphant and, more than once, given up for dead. But because outside observers have maintained a near-relentlessfocus on domestic politics, the most transformative development over the last several decades - the explosive growth of Christianity in the global south - has gone underappreciated by the wider public, even as it has transformed evangelical life, both in the US and abroad. The Kingdom of God Has No Borders offers a daring new perspective on conservative Christianity by shifting the lens to focus on the world outside US borders. Melani McAlister offers a sweeping narrative of the last fifty years of evangelical history, weaving a fascinating tale that upends much ofwhat we know - or think we know - about American evangelicals. She takes us to the Congo in the 1960s, where Christians were enmeshed in a complicated interplay of missionary zeal, Cold War politics, racial hierarchy, and anti-colonial struggle. She shows us how evangelical efforts to convert others(or non-Christians) have placed them in direct conflict with Islam at flash points across the globe. And she examines how Christian leaders have fought to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa while at the same time supporting harsh repression of LGBTQ communities.Through these and other stories, McAlister focuses on the many ways in which looking at evangelicals abroad complicates our conventional wisdom. We can't truly understand how conservative Christians see themselves and their place in the world unless we look beyond our shores.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 532187
  • Product Code 9780190213428
  • ISBN 0190213426
  • EAN 9780190213428
  • Pages 408
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Aug 2018
  • Sales Rank 45939
  • Dimensions 245 x 164 x 28mm
  • Weight 0.600kg
  • Introduction
  • I. Networks
  • 1) "the Fatherhood Of God And Brotherhood Of Man": Racism As A Missionary Problem
  • 2) "peril And Persecution": The Congo Crisis
  • 3) "have You Read The Communist Manifesto?": Christian Revolutions
  • 4) "i Walked Today Where Jesus Walked": Christians And The Future Of Israel
  • 5) "reaching The Unreached": The Battle Of Lausanne
  • Ii. Body Politics
  • 6) "these Marks On My Body Are My Credentials": Jesus In The Communist World
  • 7) "the Suffering Church": Apartheid In South Africa
  • 8) "the 10/40 Window": The Struggle With Islam
  • 9) "the Persecuted Body": The Religious Freedom Agenda
  • 10) "leave The Nuances For The Diplomats": Redeeming Sudan
  • Iii. Emotions
  • 11) "i"ll Go Where You Send Me": Short-term Missions
  • 12) "the Greatest Failing Of Our Christian Obedience": The War In Iraq
  • 13) "i Am Not A Big Checkbook": Churches And Money In South Sudan
  • 14) "the Power Of A Weeping Christian": Secual Politics And Hiv / Aids In Africa
  • 15) "despair Is An Unmerciful Tyrant": Yotuh And Justice In Cairo
  • Epilogue

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