Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized

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Overview

Religion has continued to have an impact on international concerns in the modern era. While Islam has been under the microscope in recent years, Christianity has also been influential in ways that often fly

This book is a gripping exposé of the power of the Christian Right worldwide—and in particular their influence within the United Nations. A former NGO representative at the United Nations, Jennifer S. Butler provides the first insider's account of the strategies and effectiveness of Christian Right lobbying campaigns within the United Nations. Drawing on personal interviews with Christian Right leaders, she analyzes the impact they have already had—and what the future may hold.

Butler reveals how today's most powerful Christian Right organizations are building interfaith coalitions. At the United Nations, groups like Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America are working with Catholic, Mormon, and Muslim allies to advance a conservative social policy agenda. The United States has recently joined that alliance. President George W. Bush has given them a significant voice in shaping U.S. positions on issues including women's rights, reproductive health, human cloning, children's rights, and AIDS.

In short, the Christian Right is globalizing—a phenomenon that promises to challenge progressive social policy on a worldwide scale—as well as transform the Christian Right itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745322438
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.77 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Jennifer Butler is Executive Director of Faith in Public Life. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rev. Butler most recently served as the Presbyterian Church (USA) Representative to the United Nations. During her nine years at the U.N., she represented the denomination on issues ranging from women's rights to the Iraq war. She also taught courses at New York University's graduate program in Global Studies. Rev. Butler served in the Peace Corps from 1989 to 1991 in Belize, Central America. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

1 Born again : three reasons the Christian right is globalizing 20
Reason 1 : secularism (despite predictions) never completely banished religion 22
Reason 2 : demographic and political shifts favor conservative religious movements 27
Reason 3 : the rise of global civil society as a political opportunity for conservatives 42
2 The Christian right's challenge to global democracy 50
Stage 1 : symbolic protest (2000-01) - arising to fight for faith and family at Beijing+5 52
Stage 2 : insiders (2001-present) - the "new sheriff in town" comes to the commission on the status of women 55
Stage 3 : a proactive agenda on the issue of family 69
The future of global civil society 85
3 Assembling a pro-family alliance 88
From Rome : the conservative Catholic network 89
From Salt Lake City, Utah : the mormon network 96
From the American heartland : conservative evangelicals 106
4 A global religious right? : the prospects and challenges of international interfaith alliances 115
Attack of the clones : the potential of Christian right global partnerships 117
Neoconservatives and evangelicals : towards a moralist foreign policy 135
Europe's problem 143
World youth alliance - winning the next generation 146
Challenges ahead 148
Conclusion : six strengths of the Christian right's organizing methods 153
1 Openness to new strategic alliances : secular conservatives reached out to religious communities, while secular progressives ignored them 158
2 Openness to new organizing techniques : the contrast between conservative innovation and progressive passivity 159
3 Openness to new technology 160
4 Openness to young people : conservatives mentor new leaders, while progressives have interns 161
5 Strategic funding : conservatives fund infrastructure, while progressives fund causes and education 164
6 Rhetoric : conservatives speak to people's passions, while progressives speak in academic abstractions 166
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