The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Paperback | January 1, 2014

EditorBrian Steensland, Philip Goff

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Evangelicals are increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. This marks an expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right over the past few decades. Foroutsiders to evangelical culture, this trend complicates simplistic stereotypes. For insiders, it brings contention over what "true" evangelicalism means today. The New Evangelical Social Engagement brings together an impressive interdisciplinary team of scholars to map this new religious terrainand spell out its significance.The volume's introduction describes the broad outlines of this "new evangelicalism." The editors identify its key elements, trace its historical lineage, account for the recent changes taking place within evangelicalism, and highlight the implications of these changes for politics, civic engagement,and American religion. Part One of the book discusses important groups and trends: emerging evangelicals, the New Monastics, an emphasis on social justice, Catholic influences, gender dynamics and the desire to rehabilitate the evangelical identity, and evangelical attitudes toward the new socialagenda. Part Two focuses on specific issues: the environment, racial reconciliation, abortion, international human rights, and global poverty. Part Three contains reflections on the new evangelical social engagement by three leading scholars in the fields of American religious history, sociology ofreligion, and Christian ethics.

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Evangelicals are increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. This marks an expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right over the past few decades. Foroutsiders to evangelical culture, this trend ...

Philip Goff is director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Author or editor of over thirty books and journal volumes, he writes about the role of religion in American history, particularly its relation...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsContributorsBrian Steensland and Philip Goff: Introduction: The New Evangelical Social EngagementPart One: Recent Evangelical Movements and Trends1. James S. Bielo: "FORMED": Emerging Evangelicals Navigate Two Transformations2. John Schmalzbauer: Whose Social Justice? Which Evangelicalism? Social Engagement in a Campus Ministry3. Omri Elisha: All Catholics Now? Spectres of Catholicism in Evangelical Social Engagement4. Will Samson: The New Monasticism5. Adriane Bilous: "We Need a Revival": Young Evangelical Women Redefine Activism in New York City6. John C. Green: New and Old Evangelical Public Engagement: A View from the PollsPart Two: Areas of Evangelical Social Engagement7. Laurel Kearns: Green Evangelicals8. Gerardo Marti and Michael O. Emerson: The Rise of the Diversity Expert: How American Evangelicals Simultaneously Accentuate and Ignore Race9. Daniel K. Williams: Pro-Lifers of the Left: Progressive Evangelicals' Campaign Against Abortion10. David R. Swartz: Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement11. Amy Reynolds and Stephen Offutt: Global Poverty and Evangelical ActionPart Three: Reflections on Evangelical Social Engagement12. Joel Carpenter: What's New about the New Evangelical Social Engagement?13. R. Stephen Warner: Evangelicals of the 1970s and 2010s: What's the Same, What's Different, and What's Urgent14. Glen Harold Stassen: We Need a New ReformationIndex