A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagementby Michael Cromartie
Pub. Date: 09/03/2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Conservative Protestants are mentioned repeatedly in the ongoing conversation about social capital, individualism, and community in the United States. As John Wilson notes in his introduction, evangelicals are frequently discussed either as a threat to civil society or as apparent counterexamples to the prevailing view of American society's fragmentation. The
Conservative Protestants are mentioned repeatedly in the ongoing conversation about social capital, individualism, and community in the United States. As John Wilson notes in his introduction, evangelicals are frequently discussed either as a threat to civil society or as apparent counterexamples to the prevailing view of American society's fragmentation. The essays in this volume take another look at the role of evangelicals in American civic life. The prominent contributors examine evangelicals' beliefs and activity on topics ranging from bioethics to race relations and welfare reform to international human rights. Taken together, the essays show that, contrary to what critics have proclaimed, the social commitment of evangelicals extends considerably beyond family-related issues, and that their activity in the public sphere makes an essential contribution to the public good. Clearly written and persuasively argued, A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement is a powerful correction to the misconceptions about evangelicals that abound in the current civil-society debate. Co-published with the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Correcting Misconceptions Chapter 3 About Evangelicals and Civil Society Chapter 4 Evangelical Protestants and Civic Engagement: An Overview Chapter 5 The Christian Right: Evolution, Expansion, Contraction Chapter 6 Conservative Protestants and the Family: Resisting, Engaging, or Accommodating Modernity? Chapter 7 The Evangelical Response to Homosexuality: A Survey, Critique, and Advisory Chapter 8 Evangelicals and the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate Chapter 9 Evangelicals and Abortion Chapter 10 Evangelicals and Bioethics: An Extraordinary Failure Chapter 11 Evangelicals, Welfare Reform, and Care for the Poor Chapter 12 Evangelicals and Charitable Choice Chapter 13 The Loyal Opposition: Evangelicals and Public Schools Chapter 14 Faith that Separates: Evangelicals and Black-White Race Relations Chapter 15 Creating a Diverse Urban Evangelicalism:Youth Ministry as a Model Chapter 16 Evangelicals and International Engagement Chapter 17 Notes Chapter 18 Index of Names Chapter 19 About the Ethics and Public Policy Center
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