The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals
The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals  -     By: Melani McAlister
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The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals

Oxford University Press / 2018 / Hardcover

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We hear a lot about evangelicals and American politics, but the real shock is what has happened in the Global South in the past 40 years, where Christianity has exploded exponentially. McAlister takes us behind the scenes to investigate its struggle with Islam, racism, persecution, the HIV crisis, the role played by short-term missionaries, and more. 400 pages, hardcover. Oxford University.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 0190213426
ISBN-13: 9780190213428

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More than forty years ago, conservative Christianity emerged as a major force in American political life. Since then the movement has been analyzed and over-analyzed, declared triumphant and, more than once, given up for dead. But because outside observers have maintained a near-relentless focus on domestic politics, the most transformative development over the last several decades--the explosive growth of Christianity in the global south--has gone unrecognized by the wider public, even as it has transformed evangelical life, both in the US and abroad.

The Kingdom of God Has No Borders offers a daring new perspective on conservative Christianity by shifting the lens to focus on the world outside US borders. Melani McAlister offers a sweeping narrative of the last fifty years of evangelical history, weaving a fascinating tale that upends much of what we know--or think we know--about American evangelicals. She takes us to the Congo in the 1960s, where Christians were enmeshed in a complicated interplay of missionary zeal, Cold War politics, racial hierarchy, and anti-colonial struggle. She shows us how evangelical efforts to convert non-Christians have placed them in direct conflict with Islam at flash points across the globe. And she examines how Christian leaders have fought to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa while at the same time supporting harsh repression of LGBTQ communities.

Through these and other stories, McAlister focuses on the many ways in which looking at evangelicals abroad complicates conventional ideas about evangelicalism. We can't truly understand how conservative Christians see themselves and their place in the world unless we look beyond our shores.

Author Bio

Melani McAlister teaches American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and US Interests in the Middle East since 1945.

Editorial Reviews

"McAlister traces the 20th-century history of American Protestant evangelical internationalism in this excellent volume . . . McAlister visited [contemporary mission] projects and includes her own observations as part of her discussion . . . valuable work on the global reach of evangelicalism." --Publishers Weekly

"A meticulously researched survey full of fascinating historical information . . . [McAlister]uses her firsthand experience to ground her scholarly work. Her impressions give readers not only a welcome sense of the author as a person, but also an account of how she develops her expertise." - Kirkus

"The Kingdom of God Has No Borders is an enthralling work of stunning originality and ingenuity. By resituating the history of modern American evangelicalism internationally, Melani McAlister is not just complicating conventional wisdom, she's smashing it completely. In its place, she offers a startlingly new interpretation: American evangelicals have been fundamentally shaped by the wider world. This is an important, landmark book." --Andrew Preston, author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

"Melani McAlister's The Kingdom of God Has No Borders is the gold standard for understanding the impact and implications of American evangelicalism around the world. Meticulously researched and strikingly informative, McAlister's insights into how American evangelicals engaged other cultures shows how evangelicals' pervasive and, at times, detrimental influence continues to shape international politics and local policies." --Anthea Butler, author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World

"Distinguished by deep insight, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders is a work of exceptional analytic creativity and exhaustive research in remote locations. McAlister shows how American evangelicals have come to identify themselves with the Christian populations of the Global South." --David Hollinger, author of Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America

"Melani McAlister offers a stunningly fresh reinterpretation of American evangelicals by concentrating on their activities abroad. More than inward-looking political conservatives who elected Donald Trump, evangelicals are encountered here as global actors whose faith-in-action is having profound consequences in nations across the globe no less than at home. An absorbing, provocative, and wholly essential account." --R. Marie Griffith, author of Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics

"A deeply absorbing account of the complex relationship between American religion and American power, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders offers a fascinating examination of what happens when Americans take their faith abroad." --Reza Aslan, author of Zealot and God: A Human History

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