Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy

Hardcover | October 15, 2013

byMark R. Amstutz

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Gallons of ink have been spilled in examining the influence of Evangelicals on American politics. Yet the conversation - among pundits, politicians, and scholars - has focused overwhelmingly on hot-button domestic issues, such as abortion and gay marriage. In Evangelicals and American ForeignPolicy, Mark Amstutz looks beyond our shores at Evangelicals' role in American foreign affairs.Writers have generally traced Evangelicals' political awakening to the 1970s or, at the earliest, to World War II. But Amstutz digs deeper, arguing that Evangelicals were active in foreign affairs since at least the nineteenth century, when Protestant missionaries spread throughout the world,gaining fluency in foreign languages and developing knowledge of distant lands. They served on the front lines of American global engagement - serving as agents of humanitarianism and cultural transformation. Indeed, long before anyone had heard of Woodrow Wilson, Evangelicals were America's firstinternationalists. In the postwar period, that expertise was put to more organized and sophisticated use, as Evangelicals sought to translate their belief that humans were created in God's image into a core principle of American foreign policy. Amstutz explores how this principle has been put into practice on issuesranging from global poverty to foreign policy towards Israel, paying close attention to Evangelicals' triumphs and failures on the global stage.

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Gallons of ink have been spilled in examining the influence of Evangelicals on American politics. Yet the conversation - among pundits, politicians, and scholars - has focused overwhelmingly on hot-button domestic issues, such as abortion and gay marriage. In Evangelicals and American ForeignPolicy, Mark Amstutz looks beyond our shores...

Mark R. Amstutz is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College. He is the author of International Ethics: Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics, The Rules of the Game: A Primer on International Relations, and The Healing of Nations: The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I1. Christianity and Foreign Policy2. The Nature and Rise of Evangelicalism3. The Genesis of Evangelical Global Engagement: The Missionary Movement4. The Political Ethics of EvangelicalsPart II5. Evangelicals and Global Poverty6. Evangelicals and U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Israel7. The Rise of Evangelical Foreign Policy Advocacy8. Shortcomings of Evangelical Foreign Policy Advocacy9. Towards a More Effective Evangelical Global EngagementNotesIndex