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The New Evangelical Social Engagement$
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Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.001.0001

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Global Poverty and Evangelical Action

Global Poverty and Evangelical Action

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The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Amy Reynolds

Stephen Offutt

Oxford University Press

American evangelicals are actively engaged in the international political economy. Relief and development organizations hold a prominent place in the evangelical landscape. Their considerable and growing size is made possible in part by the financial contributions of individual evangelicals. Evangelical congregations are connected to the relief and development sector through official institutional linkages, international partnerships, and the increasing number of mission trips among lay people. In this chapter we focus on how these evangelical relief and development organizations are engaging with issues of international poverty and inequality. Based on macro-level and ethnographic data, we evaluate their involvement at three levels: their concern and commitment to issues of international poverty, their participation in economic development efforts, and their engagement in political advocacy. Concern for international poverty has characterized these organizations from the beginning, and was often initiated as a response to humanitarian emergencies, yet this emphasis has grown among the evangelical community. Most evangelical organizations have since developed sophisticated approaches to economic development beyond aid. Among current evangelical development actors, some are involved in advocacy to promote change in the political economy, at witnessed by such engagement in the Jubilee 2000 effort or the international Micah Network.

Keywords:   Evangelicals, Global, International, Poverty, Economic development, Advocacy, Political economy

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