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The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Brian Steensland and Philip Goff


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. For outsiders to evangelical culture, this contemporary 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 terr ... More

Keywords: American religion, Christianity, Evangelicals, Social engagement, Contemporary trends, American politics

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199329533
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Steensland, editor
Indiana University

Philip Goff, editor
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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Part One Recent Evangelical Movements and Trends

3 All Catholics Now?

Omri Elisha

4 The New Monasticism

Will Samson

5 “We Need a Revival”

Adriane Bilous

Part Two Areas of Evangelical Social Engagement

7 Green Evangelicals

Laurel Kearns

8 The Rise of the Diversity Expert

Gerardo Marti, and Michael O. Emerson

9 Prolifers of the Left

Daniel K. Williams

10 Global Reflex

David R. Swartz

11 Global Poverty and Evangelical Action

Amy Reynolds, and Stephen Offutt

Part Three Reflections on Evangelical Social Engagement

14 We Need a New Reformation

Glen Harold Stassen

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