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God's Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism

David King

God's Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism

David King

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Over the past seventy years, World Vision has grown from a small missionary agency to the largest Christian humanitarian organization in the world, with 40,000 employees, offices in nearly one hundred countries, and an annual budget of over $2 billion. While founder Bob Pierce was an evangelist with street smarts, the most recent World Vision U.S. presidents move with ease between megachurches, the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and the corridors of Capitol Hill. Though the organization has remained decidedly Christian, it has earned the reputation as an elite international nongovernmental organization managed efficiently by professional experts fluent in the language of both marketing and development. God's Internationalists is the first comprehensive study of World Vision-or any such religious humanitarian agency. In chronicling the organization's transformation from 1950 to the present, David P. King approaches World Vision as a lens through which to explore shifts within post-World War II American evangelicalism as well as the complexities of faith-based humanitarianism. Chronicling the evolution of World Vision's practices, theology, rhetoric, and organizational structure, King demonstrates how the organization rearticulated and retained its Christian identity even as it expanded beyond a narrow American evangelical subculture. King's pairing of American evangelicals' interactions abroad with their own evolving identity at home reframes the traditional narrative of modern American evangelicalism while also providing the historical context for the current explosion of evangelical interest in global social engagement. By examining these patterns of change, God's Internationalists offers a distinctive angle on the history of religious humanitarianism.

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Over the past seventy years, World Vision has grown from a small missionary agency to the largest Christian humanitarian organization in the world, with 40,000 employees, offices in nearly one hundred countries, and an annual budget of over $2 billion. While founder Bob Pierce was an evangelist with street smarts, the most recent World Vision U.S. presidents move with ease between megachurches, the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and the corridors of Capitol Hill. Though the organization has remained decidedly Christian, it has earned the reputation as an elite international nongovernmental organization managed efficiently by professional experts fluent in the language of both marketing and development. God's Internationalists is the first comprehensive study of World Vision-or any such religious humanitarian agency. In chronicling the organization's transformation from 1950 to the present, David P. King approaches World Vision as a lens through which to explore shifts within post-World War II American evangelicalism as well as the complexities of faith-based humanitarianism. Chronicling the evolution of World Vision's practices, theology, rhetoric, and organizational structure, King demonstrates how the organization rearticulated and retained its Christian identity even as it expanded beyond a narrow American evangelical subculture. King's pairing of American evangelicals' interactions abroad with their own evolving identity at home reframes the traditional narrative of modern American evangelicalism while also providing the historical context for the current explosion of evangelical interest in global social engagement. By examining these patterns of change, God's Internationalists offers a distinctive angle on the history of religious humanitarianism.
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Meet the Author

David King

Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Bob Pierce Becomes Evangelicals' Global Ambassador
  • Chapter 2. Opening Americans' Eyes To A New World
  • Chapter 3. A Growing Organization And The Evolving Identity Of American Evangelicalism
  • Chapter 4. Between Missions And Humanitarianism In A Decade Of Upheaval
  • Chapter 5. Taking Domestic Debates Of God And Country Overseas
  • Chapter 6. World Vision Internationalizes
  • Chapter 7. Evangelical Relief And Development
  • Chapter 8. A Changing World Vision: A Changing Evangelicalism?
  • Chapter 9. World Vision And The New Internationalists
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 536846
  • Product Code 9780812250961
  • ISBN 0812250966
  • EAN 9780812250961
  • Pages 384
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Pennsylvania State Uni Press
  • Publication Date May 2019
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 mm

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