Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches

Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches

by Robert Wuthnow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520268083

ISBN-13: 9780520268081

Pub. Date: 10/12/2010

Publisher: University of California Press


In Boundless Faith, the first book to look systematically at American Christianity in relation to globalization, Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in U.S. policies and programs abroad. These changes, he argues, can be seen in the growth of

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In Boundless Faith, the first book to look systematically at American Christianity in relation to globalization, Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in U.S. policies and programs abroad. These changes, he argues, can be seen in the growth of support at home for missionaries and churches in other countries and in the large number of Americans who participate in short-term volunteer efforts abroad. These outreaches include building orphanages, starting microbusinesses, and setting up computer networks. Drawing on a comprehensive survey that was conducted for this book, as well as several hundred in-depth interviews with church leaders, Wuthnow refutes several prevailing stereotypes: that U.S. churches have turned away from the global church and overseas missions, that congregations only look inward, and that the growing voice of religion in areas of foreign policy is primarily evangelical. This fresh and revealing book encourages Americans to pay attention to the grass-roots mechanisms by which global ties are created and sustained.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520268081
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction

1. At Home and Abroad
The Changing Contours of American Religion

2. The Global Christianity Paradigm
From Cultural Connection to Demographic Distance

3. Four Faces of Globalization
Debating Heterogeneity and Inequality

4. The Evolution of Transnational Ties
Changing Patterns of Social Organization

5. The Global Role of Congregations
Bridging Borders through Direct Engagement

6. Faith and Foreign Policy
Does Religious Advocacy Matter?

7. The Challenges Ahead
Good for America, Good for the World?

Appendix
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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